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April 5, 2005

U.S. and Iraqi Troops Battle Dozens of Insurgents

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

In recent weeks the insurgents have changed their usual hit-and-run tactics to more large-scale engagements with U.S. and Iraqi troops. There is probably little doubt that the delay in forming a new government has benefited and emboldened insurgents trying to create chaos in Iraq and according to this article, Iraqi security officials agree.

- Reuters, April 05, 2005 1:32 p.m. ET
Dozens of insurgents fought U.S. and Iraqi troops in a fierce battle in remote marshlands east of Baghdad, killing two Americans and an Iraqi soldier before being driven away, the U.S. military said on Tuesday.  The battle erupted on Monday afternoon when two Iraqi army battalions were carrying out a "cordon and search operation" in the easterly Diyala province, the military said in a statement. "The mission to search for weapons cache sites in the area uncovered dozens of terrorists and a firefight ensued."

(...)  Around 100 U.S. troops with Bradley fighting vehicles moved in to back up the Iraqi forces, and called in air support. The area was still being searched on Tuesday, the U.S. army said.

(...)  "There were two to three dozen insurgents there, with evidence of prepared fighting positions," Major Richard Goldenberg, spokesman for the 42nd Infantry Division, said.

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Posted by Hyscience at April 5, 2005 1:52 PM

So much for winning the war... Feels so much like Vietnam too.

Posted by: Magnum Serpentine at April 5, 2005 5:56 PM

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