SETBACKS: WaPo: Troops Meet Setbacks on Road to Baghdad.

Outside An Nasiriyah, the mood among Marines was somber and tense, particularly as news spread about their comrades who were killed while trying to take in prisoners of war. Lt. Gen. John Abizaid of Central Command said the faked surrender had sparked the “sharpest engagement of the war thus far.” For leaders of the coalition, thoughts that Saddam’s defenders would surrender easily have faded away.

“Clearly they are not a beaten force,” said Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “This is going to get a lot harder.”

A shame but hardly surprising.

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