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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 02:45 PM
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'Still days to go' in Fallujah blitz
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 02:50 PM by leftchick
http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,1138925...

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US troops were today tackling Fallujah's last tenacious insurgents and said they were still days away from completing major search operations in the Iraqi city.

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US-led forces said that more than 1200 insurgents had been killed in the assault launched late November 7.

Meanwhile, in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the country's third largest, Iraqi and US troops moved in after days of unchecked lawlessness, with clashes erupting between rebels and security forces.

As US marines continued their slow, tense search of buildings in Fallujah, a senior officer warned that the operation would continue well into this week; belying the swiftness with which US-led troops first poured in.


The Rest of the story in another link...

US forces hunt Fallujah rebels, block aid

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"It is probably going to be another four to five days of clearing house to house," said Colonel Mike Shupp. "There is not going to be a stone unturned in the city."

With 25 marines killed, according to US figures, in the battle to take a city that is the symbol of Iraq's protracted insurgency, marine commander Major General Richard Natonski says over 1,200 rebels have been killed.

None of the figures could be independently verified.

Iraq's interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi authorised the attack to bring Fallujah to heel, as a lesson to insurgents elsewhere and to bring more stability ahead of key elections planned for January.

Iraq's national security adviser Qassem Daoud announced the so-called Operation Fajr (Dawn) was accomplished and "only the malignant pockets remain that we are dealing with through a clean-up operation".

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200411/s1243281.ht...
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TomClash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 02:49 PM
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1. "The Enemy is broken in Fallujah"
http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/11/14/iraq.main/ind...

But of course they are running rampant in Mosul and Baghdad and Ramadi.
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Chicago Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:22 PM
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7. President: "General Turgedson, when you instituted the human
reliability tests, you assured me that there was no possiblility of such a thing occurring!"

General Turgedson: "Well I don't think its fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip up!"
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Darranar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 02:59 PM
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2. Whatever happened to "mission accomplished"? n/t
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:04 PM
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3. Just a few more days.
Then it will finally really be accomplished.

I wonder if we'll get another aircraft carrier landing for this one.
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Darranar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:06 PM
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4. They've been saying that they've won since at least Thursday...
and now it's Sunday, and we have a "few more days" to go....

How stupid do they think we are?
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Chicago Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:19 PM
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6. President: "There's nothing to figure out, General Turgedson,
This man is obviously a psychotic!"
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Chicago Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:16 PM
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5. Pres: "You're talking about mass murder, General, not war!"
Gen. Turgedson: "I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed! But I do say no more than 10 to 20 million TOPS! (depending on the breaks)"
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DulceDecorum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 03:48 PM
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8. "A voice was heard in Fallujah,
lamentation,
weeping and great mourning,
a woman weeping for her children;
she wouldn't be comforted, because they are no more."

The Coalition is using napalm.
The Coalition is using nerve gas.
The Coalition is using weapons of mass destruction.
AGAINST THE CIVILIANS OF FALLUJAH.
And all this time,
SADDAM IS IN US CUSTODY
AND THE US CANNOT FIND ANYTHING TO CHARGE HIM WITH.
UNLESS,
it is that Saddam did not kill all the people in Iraq,
and the Coalition apparently intends to.

We actually misnamed the war on terror,
it ought to be the struggle against ideological extremists
who do not believe in free societies who happen to use terror as a weapon
to try to shake the conscience of the free world. (Laughter.)
--
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2004/08/2004080...

Sunday, November 14, 2004
The Attack on Fallujah is Justified



Helen Thomas, of Hearst newspapers, should be ashamed of herself. Today she wrote an article titled "Attack on Fallujah can't be justified." My dear Helen, you couldn't be further from the truth.
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I got news for you , Helen. Bush won by 5% over Kerry, because America wants to see Fallujah in rubble, for what they have done to our boys. Our President will continue to press the enemy and we will win this war.No thanks to you and your ilk.



The attack on Fallujah is justified. God Bless our troops.
(signed,
Some anonymous bloodthirsty chickenhawk,
who believes in using terror as a weapon
to try to shake the conscience of the free world.)
http://hundredpercenter.blogspot.com/2004/11/attack-on-...
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Chicago Democrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 04:15 PM
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9. Its to save our precious fluids...
:nuke:
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 04:19 PM
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10. And get their precious fluids - the oily kind
I liked the Dr. Strangelove reference - Rummy was born for the role.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 04:32 PM
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12. omg...
these people are BLOODTHIRSTY!!! "for our boys" :puke:
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 04:23 PM
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11. Mission Accomplished, but clean up takes a long, long, time
it's hard, hard work. :eyes:

"Falluja is no longer a safe-haven for terrorists," he told Al Iraqiya TV. "No doubt there will also be clean-up operations for some nests... I don't know how long this will take."

http://in.news.yahoo.com/041114/137/2hvfh.html
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 04:47 PM
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13. "blitz"? Funny choice of wording there.
Lets see now. Where have I heard of that concept before?

Blitz. Blitzkrieg. Blitzkrieg. "The Lightning War".

Oh, OK. I got it now.

Don

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teryang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:38 PM
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14. 25 killed? It's definitely over fifty. 1183 US dead reported.
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 06:40 PM by teryang
This is on track to being a record month for casualties. The first few days started out being .6 GI deaths a day, very low. Since this Fallujah campaign it has gone up to 4.6. 65 dead reported in 14 days. You know they're still holding some back.

http://www.icasualties.org/oif /

Another death was just added in the last 5 minutes, make that 4.7 American soldiers killed a day.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 06:57 PM
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15. indeed teryang...
the State Run Media Machine is working overtime to cover bush*s murder rate.
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Bullshot Donating Member (807 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:09 PM
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16. What do you want to bet that we'll be "days to go" with Fallujah
several months from now. It's just spin-spin-spin for Bush with this quagmire he's gotten us into in Iraq.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 07:14 PM
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17. Who'll be left to vote?
1200 rebels seems minuscule compared to the number of innocents killed. The "collateral damage" bullshit they keep shoveling.

Has any war before Vietnam allowed for the mass slaughter of innocents?
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