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November 8, 2003
Progress in Iraq

Reuters reports that US forces have captured 12 terrorists involved in the rocket attack on the Baghdad hotel last month:

In overnight raids U.S. troops captured 12 people suspected of involvement in a deadly attack last month on a Baghdad hotel where U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was staying, a top commander said Saturday.

The suspects appeared to have links to the former regime of ousted president Saddam Hussein, said Brigadier General Martin Dempsey, commander of the U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division.

I doubt that this will get a lot of play here, since it's Saturday and most people aren't watching the news. [What's your excuse? -- I have no life, that's why. Oh, and the First Mate is sick today, and Notre Dame is playing.]

"Based on multiple sources who provided human intelligence, the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Armored Division conducted a raid overnight in western Baghdad and captured 12 of 18 targets believed to have been responsible for the attack," Dempsey said.

Translation? The Iraqis are providing more and more leads to Coalition forces in order to get rid of these Baathist holdouts. It's similar to the Werewolf campaign in Germany after the collapse of Berlin, which lasted until 1947. We'd better learn to toughen up a bit at home, and probably get more people on the ground in theater.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 8, 2003 3:28 PM

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