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RamboLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:44 PM
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WP: Insurgents Set Sights On Fallujah
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

Posting proclamations in mosques and schools, the insurgent group al-Qaeda in Iraq vowed Thursday to take back the volatile western city of Fallujah, declaring that it had united local armed factions into a cohesive force to fight the U.S. and Iraqi troops who now control its streets.

The declaration came as U.S. military commanders in Washington testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that Iraq's relentless sectarian violence, if unstopped, could push the country into civil war. Meanwhile, Baghdad was rocked by more violence Thursday, as a motorcycle bomb killed a dozen people in a central shopping district of the capital. The U.S. military also reported that two Marines were killed in separate incidents in the western province of Anbar, where Fallujah is located.

In Fallujah, police said they were taking the al-Qaeda warning seriously. It followed the recent killings of several religious and tribal leaders whom insurgents had accused of collaborating with U.S. forces and the Iraqi government.

Located about 35 miles west of Baghdad, Fallujah was a stronghold of both Iraqi and foreign insurgents until November 2004, when a major U.S. military offensive drove the bulk of the guerrillas from the city. Since then, the insurgent presence in the city has been vastly reduced, while in nearby Ramadi there have been daily scenes of fighting between U.S. troops and insurgents.

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alcibiades_mystery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:51 PM
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1. Am I in a fucking time machine?
What is this, Groundhog's Day?

Jeeez-us...
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 10:52 PM
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2. umm did someone set the the not so way back machine to not so way back?
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brokensymmetry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:06 PM
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3. Why am I not surprised?
It was barely "under control", if I stretch the definition
until it screams in pain.

Then we sent all available troops to Baghdad.

So what is an insurgent to do? Maybe act while the
U.S. is otherwise occupied?

Bonus question: how do we keep supplying the troops
in Baghdad as all the supply lines stretch through
ever more hostile territory?
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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:11 PM
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4. We supply the troops in Baghdad by airlift
For awhile, at least...
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 11:18 PM
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5. but//But///But... we "won" Fallujah at least 3 times...
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