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March 23, 2005

Taking It To the Enemy: Iraqi forces Caim 80 Insurgents Killed In Raid

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Iraqi forces claimed today to have killed 80 insurgents in a commando raid on a suspected training camp near Lake Tharthar, north of Baghdad - although US military accounts of the same battle suggested a much lower total. This report comes at a time when the U.S. military has reported a significant decrease in the number of attacks in the Sunni Triangle. U.S. officials further report that the rate of U.S. casualties has also dropped since November 2004 as the result of improved military intelligence and operational response. Although the focus of the Sunni insurgency continues to be the Anbar province, apparently the decline in attacks include the Anbar province and also along the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Credit for the decline in attacks seems to belong to the rising capabilities of Iraq's military and security forces. Last week, Iraqi police captured 30 suspected Sunni insurgents in Baladruz, 60 kilometers northeast of Baghdad. The insurgents are said to have been aligned with Al Qaida and Ansar Al Islam. But Sunni insurgents seem to be taken aback by the rapid response capabilities of U.S. forces. On March 20, 26 insurgents were killed and seven others were injured when they attacked a coalition force convoy on the outskirts of Baghdad in the Salman Pak area(map) where a highly secret terrorist and insurgent training facility has existed.

By the way, what else is interesting about Lake Tharthar(trivia test)? It was Sadaam Hussein's favorite spot for fishing. Apparently it's now Iraqi commando's favorite spot for hunting - terrorists.

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Posted by Hyscience at March 23, 2005 12:40 PM

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