CHESTER HAS MOVED!: Fox News Overview

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Fox News Overview - U.S. & World - Coalition Units Thrust Into Heart of Fallujah contains some interesting points: -artillery has abated as US forces move within the city -looks as though either a full Army brigade, or its command group, could be controlling some part of the battle. -resistance is light as US forces move to city center. This could be good or bad. Good if the resistance is dead. Bad if they have displaced to other prepared positions in the middle of the city. Gen Casey said yesterday that the worst fighting would be in the middle of the city. -The cordon to the south? There is yet again mention of a cordon of troops all around the city, and this presumably includes the south. Between the two regimental-plus sized units the NYTimes outed last night, and Iraqi units, we've already reachd the 10,000-12,000 mark. The south could be secured by Light Armored Infantry -- Haven't heard much about its use in the fight thus far -- or by Reconnaissance Battalions, who can provide a screen, or by non-combat units, such as Military Police, or even other Marine support troops in a pinch. -Will try to cover things at lunch today, but the forecast does not look good. The meat of today's blogging will be tonight.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found this posted elsewhere.

35 US soldiers captured in Fallujah:

Sounds like Bovine Scatology to me.


November 9, 2004 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger Pigilito said...

Heard earlier on BBC (1200 Central European time) from a reporter embedded in a combined Marine and Army unit that the troops (an aside: what term fits here? Troops normally refers to soldiers, not Marines) are responding with "disproportionate force" to sniper fire.

Good. As they should.

November 9, 2004 at 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A reporter said our troops were "Responding disproportionately" to sniper fire?? Hmmm....last time I checked, if someone is shooting at us, we need to shoot back and kill them. What does this reporter want our brave men to do, send them a note by carrier pigeon asking the terrorists to please stop shooting at them????

Thank you for writing your comments - I check this blog all of the time so I can understand what is really going on.


November 9, 2004 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Tip of the Spear said...

The cordon to the south and east would be a great use for the LAV/Recon units. I was an LAV crewman for my hitch and taking a pig into the narrow streets of a city would be one of the last things I would want to do. Some of the pictures from yesterday show LAV-25's along with Logistics sitting near the bridges. There were also shots of the 81mm Mortar vehicles launching barrages.

The LAV's would have the reach to pick off anyone trying to head south out of the city. LAV units are self supporting with thier own indirect fire assets, infantry assets, and anti vehicle assets plus the reach of the 25mm's.

November 9, 2004 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger PureData said...

Another thing to keep in mind is that successful tactics will be kept under wraps until the end of major engagements. This would mean until Ramadi is reduced.

November 9, 2004 at 9:07 AM  
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