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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-17-07 03:34 AM
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11. G.I.'s In Iraq Open Major Offensive Against Al Qaeda
Source: New York Times

G.I.s in Iraq Open Major Offensive Against Al Qaeda

By THOM SHANKER and MICHAEL R. GORDON
Published: June 17, 2007
BAGHDAD, June 16 With the influx of tens of thousands of additional combat troops into Iraq now complete, American forces have begun a wide offensive against Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia on the outskirts of Baghdad, the top American commander in Iraq said Saturday.

The commander, Gen. David H. Petraeus, in a news conference in Baghdad along with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, said the operation was intended to take the fight to Al Qaedas hide-outs in order to cut down the groups devastating campaign of car bombings.

The comments by General Petraeus were a signal that the United States military had yet again entered a new phase in Iraq, four months after the start of the so-called troop surge and a security plan focused on dampening sectarian violence within Baghdad. They reflected an acknowledgment that more has to be done beyond the citys bounds to halt a relentless wave of insurgent attacks that have undercut attempts at political reconciliation.

The offensive also comes at a time in the war when there are increasing American casualties and rising domestic pressure to show results or begin troop withdrawals, and just three months before a formal assessment of the military buildup President Bush ordered.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/17/world/middleeast/17ir...
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