October 10, 2003


New Tactic: U.S. Soldiers Lured Into Ambush by Iraqi Civilians, Says U.S. Official (ABC News, Oct. 10, 2003)

U.S. soldiers were lured into a deadly ambush during a routine patrol in a restive Baghdad neighborhood in what could be a new attack tactic, said a U.S. military official today.

Two U.S. soldiers were killed and four others were wounded during the ambush in the impoverished Sadr City district of Baghdad, U.S. military and hospital officials said today. At least seven Iraqis were also injured in the attack.

U.S. troops in three Humvees were on a routine patrol in Sadr City on Thursday night when they were lured into the ambush, U.S. Army spokesman Lt. Col. George Krivo told reporters in Baghdad.

"A group of people, civilians, met with U.S. forces and said, `Please come in, we need to show you something important,"' said Krivo.

But when the troops left their vehicles and followed the Iraqis into the densely populated slum, they came under fire from rocket-propelled grenades, small arms and makeshift explosives, said Krivo.

Although an Army quick reaction force responded and helped extricate the patrol, Krivo said the attack lasted for about two hours.

Krivo said the luring tactic was not something U.S. forces in Iraq had experienced so far, but he said U.S. troops hoped to "learn and evolve from it."

If only we were the kind of people these folks accuse us of being, you could just call in the air strikes. We aren't.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 10, 2003 7:29 PM

Air strikes would just prove how stupid we are, and confirm how utterly stupid we've been. Nonlethals, nonlethals and nonlethals. You can't make people love you with a gun, nor can you make them fear you when you don't have enough troops. Not a Christian tactic by the way, the random killing of mass civilians by way of airstrikes.

Posted by: Philip Shropshire at October 11, 2003 3:58 AM


You crypto-Christian you.

Posted by: oj at October 11, 2003 5:16 AM

No need for insults...

Posted by: Philip Shropshire at October 11, 2003 6:23 AM

There's hope for all...

Posted by: oj at October 11, 2003 7:11 AM