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November 11, 2004
Terrorists Get Desperate

The AP reports that terrorists trapped in Fallujah tried to break through an American cordon to the south of the city to escape. The failed attack is another bid to take the pressure off of the Islamofascists and Saddam holdouts, as their brethren in Iraq desperately attacked all around the country to distract the Americans:

Insurgents tried to break through the U.S. cordon surrounding Fallujah on Thursday as American forces launched an offensive against concentrations of militants in the south of the city. Some 600 insurgents, 18 U.S. troops and five Iraqi soldiers have been killed in the four-day assault, the U.S. military said.

In an apparent bid to relieve pressure on their trapped allies, insurgents mounted major attacks in Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city 220 miles to the north. Guerrillas assaulted nine police stations, overwhelming several, and battled U.S. and Iraqi troops around bridges across the Tigris River in the city, where a curfew was imposed a day earlier.

Not only have the Iraqis and Americans cornered the terrorists, but they've discovered at least one of the houses where they butchered their hostages for video rebroadcast. A Fox News journalist embedded with the 5th Marine Regiment also reported that five bodies were found in another Fallujah house, all shot in the back of the head execution style, and all apparently civilians. But the AP informs us that the terrorists didn't just keep their activities confined to Fallujah residences -- they turned the City of Mosques into the City of Arms Caches:

At a U.S. camp outside Fallujah, Maj. Gen. Richard Natonski, commander of the 1st Marine Division, said the operation was running "ahead of schedule" but he would not predict how many days of fighting lay ahead.

He said troops had found an arms cache in "almost every single mosque in Fallujah."

So much for the Religion of Peace, and so much for respecting the Islamic sensibilities of our enemies.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 11, 2004 7:39 PM

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