What will happen to captured US forces?
Will any US personnel be captured in this battle? The insurgents will only capture US personnel if they think media or propaganda advantage can be gained from so doing. More than likely, the insurgents are doing their best to kill US personnel. Coalition forces have isolated them from the media for the most part, which means that even if they were to capture US personnel, they would gain no media value from them. The other reason for a capture attempt is for information. but either of these reasons, torturing for information, or displaying for propaganda, require, time, energy, and a safe place in which to operate. The insurgents have none of these. If the insurgents can pull off a video of a US captive, and the background noise and detail DON'T show that all hell is breaking loose around them, then that would be in their favor. Those are big ifs though. War is chaos. When things look bad, remember this. It always looks bad. Things are going to go wrong too. Even though it is unlikely that the insurgents will capture one of our guys, units get cut off, troops get lost, and those tunnels could be vexing . . . more on the tunnels later. Read this Mark Steyn column, which is the only one he has ever written for the Spectator that they refused to publish, and which he wrote after the beheading of Kenneth Bigley. It is harsh but necessary. Best quote: "consider Fabrizio Quattrocchi, murdered in Iraq on April 14th. In the moment before his death, he yanked off his hood and cried defiantly, “I will show you how an Italian dies!” He ruined the movie for his killers. As a snuff video and recruitment tool, it was all but useless, so much so that the Arabic TV stations declined to show it."