October 1, 2004

A TIME OF OUR CHOOSING:

US, Iraqi Forces Attack Insurgents in Samarra (VOA News
01 Oct 2004)

U.S. and Iraqi troops have pushed into the insurgent stronghold of Samarra, north of Baghdad, retaking key government buildings and religious sites.

Coalition forces launched the attack early Friday, pounding targets in Samarra with air strikes and artillery ahead of the ground assault.

Reports from the city say U.S. and Iraqi forces now control Samarra's city hall, police stations and the famed Golden Mosque.

The U.S. military says at least 94 insurgents have been killed. It puts U.S. casualties at one soldier killed and four others wounded.

The offensive was launched in response to what the military called "repeated and unprovoked" insurgent attacks.

The United States has pledged to retake insurgent strongholds such as Samarra, Fallujah and Ramadi by the end of the year, ahead of Iraqi elections set for January.


One major mistake of those who oppose the war is thinking we can't win it. That we don't rush in right away and start whacking these guys is a function of tactics, not capabilities. It's a question of whether we need to and when we do so, not whether we can.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 1, 2004 11:13 AM
Comments

By the end of October.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at October 1, 2004 7:11 PM

According to some reports I just read, the actual mosques and shrines were taken and secured by Iraqi ING commandoes.

Posted by: Ken at October 1, 2004 8:39 PM
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