Sunday, November 07, 2004

NYTimes update

The New York Times is reporting that the hospital was seized by the 36th Iraqi Commando Brigade in conjunction with US Special Forces. This is important in that it shows the high initial involvement of Iraqi National Forces. NYTimes also reporting (same article) that thousands of Marines are moving from their base to a point north of Fallujah. Their base is likely Al-Taqqadam airfield, and they are likely moving across the western bridge they just seized. This makes sense; a large armored force will now be positioned on the eastern side of the Euphrates, and north of the city. That means it can either rapidly move along the highway toward Baghdad in pursuit of insurgents, or it can use the same highways to position itself on three different sides of the city, with the Euphrates on the fourth. PS: I hate the NYTimes. I'll avoid them if I can. Note this line: "American and Iraqi officials are grasping for any tool at their command to bring the insurgency under control." Grasping? How about kicking the door down and doing a little TCB? There's usually little reason to read beyond the first few paragraphs of an NYTimes story.


Blogger Bacelic said...

Aren`t you surprised that those bridges weren`t rigged with explosives? If the southern bridge leads into downtown Fallujah and is "secured" does that mean that U
S forces crossed into Fallujah over the southern bridge? That would seem too dumb to me, as there could be a militant hiding in one of the dwellings on the opposite bank, just waiting for the first US tank to appear on the bridge to blow it sky-high. Those structures on the eastern side need to be secured to secure the bridge ultimately. Where is the hospital exactly? I think the bridge can not be considered secure unless Marines control both sides of the bridge.

November 7, 2004 at 7:49 PM  
Blogger Huan said...

I am skeptical an assault of Falluja will occur accross the bridge. More likely it will come from the North and South forcing the retreat line east ward.

November 7, 2004 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Bacelic said...

The bridge would be too damn obvious and too damn easy too blow up or prepare an ambush there.

November 7, 2004 at 8:52 PM  

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