The Coalition Forces continue to benefit from the abject cruelty and rapacity of its adversaries in Iraq. Just as the Sunni have turned against their erstwhile 'saviors' in al-Qaeda, the Shia are now turning against their own Mahdi Army, and in a big way, too. This story is almost a kind of statement against interest for the knee-jerk anti-war New York Times, so you know it's got to be true.
This seems to be a typical anecdote of why the Mahdis are losing hearts and minds:
two accomplices shot and killed a woman named Eman, a divorced mother, in front of her house, residents said. The fighters said she was a prostitute, but shortly after her death they brought tenants to rent her house.
It seems like maybe we are winning in Iraq by default.