Fighting in Fallujah and Elsewhere
“We are just pushing them against the anvil,” said Col. Michael Formica, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 2nd Brigade. “It’s a broad attack against the entire southern front.”……
U.S. officials said they hoped the attack would be the final assault on Fallujah, followed by a house-to-house clearing operation to search for boobytraps, weapons and guerrillas hiding in the rubble.
I don’t know about anybody else, but it does me some good to see reporting of insurgent casualties. Even if they are probably considered unsubstantiated at this point
Some U.S. officials believed the Mosul attacks were in sympathy for Sunni Muslim fighters besieged in Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad.
Insurgents appear to be taking advantage of the thinning out of American troop strength around Fallujah, and U.S. commanders report an increase in smallscale rebel attacks northeast of the city.
U.S. officials estimate there are about 1,000 to 2,000 insurgents in the towns and villages in the Fallujah area who were not trapped inside the city during the U.S.-Iraqi siege, which began Monday.
I would read more desperation by the insurgents into this than sympathy.
The troops took control of some militant strongholds and seized a weapons cache during the assault, launched this week in South Waziristan to capture foreign fighters and Pakistani militant leader Abdullah Mehsud, said Maj. Gen. Niaz Khatak, the army’s field commander.
“Our forces this week killed an estimated 30 to 40 militants in the areas of Mehsud,” Khatak told reporters.
Sounds like another successful job of outsourcing