Wednesday, March 23, 2005

ING: finding them ...

... and killing them. This mission on a terrorist training camp is extremely good news (if the news holds up):
"U.S. and Iraqi forces raided a suspected guerrilla training camp and killed 85 fighters, the single biggest one-day death toll for militants in months and the latest in a series of blows to the insurgency, Iraqi officials said Wednesday. [...]

Iraqi officials said Wednesday 85 insurgents died in the clash — the largest number killed in a single battle since the U.S. Marine-led November attack on the former militant stronghold of Fallujah left more than 1,000 dead. On Sunday, U.S. forces killed 26 attackers after an ambush south of Baghdad."
Too often engagements with the terrorists are at the time and place of the enemy's choosing and all too often the terrorists choose not military forces to engage but civilians. Hitting the terrorists 'behind their lines', so to speak, is encouraging news for our team and a major engagement like this is both draining and disruptive to their operations.

And it has to be worrying. Iraq is becoming less and less safe for them. They used to have the run of the landscape, making appearances at will.. Then they had to dart cautiously from safe area to safe area, confined to making surprise appearances as shows of strength to cow the populace but confident they could retreat to their safe areas. Now the safe areas are being breached and their surprise appearances hold the possibility of being a surprise for them.

I can't believe the terrorists feel good about their situation.


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WE sprung the Yemeni editor. Thanks for your help. Jane

3/23/2005 12:49 PM  

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