Saturday, November 20

At this point why would anyone step within a mile of an Iraqi Police Station

I mean really, is there a station, outpost, or congregation of Policemen that has not been bombed, blown up of kidnapped in Iraq. I haven't heard much from Basra, so maybe the Brits are keeping things under control down there, or it just hasn't crossed my radar screen. In any event the insurgency is hitting Baghdad while we "clean up" Fallujah and Mosul.

Published: November 20, 2004

BAGHDAD, Iraq, Nov. 20 - Violence surged through central and northern Iraq on Saturday as a tenacious insurgency led by Sunni Arabs kept up relentless assaults in a string of major cities, from Ramadi to Falluja to Baghdad.

At dawn, insurgents armed with Kalashnikov rifles and rocket-propelled grenades tried storming a police station in the northwestern Baghdad neighborhood of Amariya, where American and Iraqi soldiers had engaged in a bloody mosque shootout on Friday. The gun battle at the station left three Iraqi policemen dead and two others injured, Col. Adnan Abdul-Rahman, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said.

Hours later, a car bomb exploded in downtown Baghdad, at the eastern end of the bridge over the Tigris River leading to the fortified compound housing the American embassy and interim Iraqi government headquarters. The bomb was aimed at a convoy of vehicles from a Western security contractor, and at least one Iraqi was killed and another injured, witnesses said.

Four employees of the public works ministry were gunned down in a drive-by ambush, and three Iraqi National Guardsmen died in explosions in western Baghdad during gun battles with insurgents, Iraqi officials said.

An ambush on an American military convoy in central Baghdad ended with the death of one soldier, the military said. Nine others were wounded in what appeared to be a highly coordinated attack, with insurgents using explosives, automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.
Well, liberatin' is "hard work" and what was supposed to be a back breaking exercise in Fallujah, fighting continues.
Fighting raged in the rubble of Falluja, a city largely decimated by American troops during a week-long offensive. Two Marines were killed and four wounded in a guerilla ambush, military officials said. The offensive smashed a safe haven for the insurgents, but guerillas still roam the devastated streets, sniping at American troops and scaring away military engineers brought in to try to reconstruct the city.

At least 1,216 American troops have died since the start of the war.

The unrelenting wave of assaults in the Sunni-dominated parts of the country indicate that the attack on Falluja could have inflamed Sunni resentment against the American presence rather than pacified it. American and Iraqi officials have found it impossible during the 19-month war to persuade hostile Sunni Arabs to lay down their arms and engage in legitimate politics. That goal, which appears increasingly quixotic as the insurgency grows in strength and lethality, becomes all the more pressing as the country lurches toward its first democratic elections, scheduled for the end of January.
Really, you think so? I guess that once we realize that we are fighting Iraqi's and not foreign nationals, we might change our tactics. Did I just write that out aloud?
Silly me, for a moment I thought I lived in a country governed by reality based people, rather than faith-based denizens of Fantasy Island, with Cheney as Mr. Roarke, and Dubya as tattoo. Sure look forward to the "elections" in January.