The third part of Michael Yon's Ghosts of Anbar is about nothing very much happening. But there are the photos of American and Iraqi soldiers (Cowboy stands out), gardens and fields. He explains why the Marines are better at counterinsurgency. The excerpts from the COIN Manual are excellent. for example;
Ultimate success in COIN is gained by protecting the populace, not the COIN force. If military forces remain in their compounds, they lose touch with the people, appear to be running scared, and cede the initiative to the insurgents.
Yon is recording the outbreak of peace. Disconcerting for some soldiers, but
WHEN NOBODY IS SHOOTING IT MEANS YOU ARE WINNING