June 26, 2004

KNOWING YOUR ALLIES:

Thirteen Dead in Attacks Across Iraq (Fox News, June 26, 2004)

Nine people, six of them rebels, died in the Sunni Triangle city of Baqouba, U.S. and Iraqi officials said. Two Iraqi National Guardsmen and a policeman died in Mahmoudiyah, about 20 miles south of Baghdad.

A car bomb in the northern city of Irbil wounded a Kurdish politician and 15 others, and the politician's bodyguard was killed.

An American soldier died of wounds incurred in an ambush on his patrol in central Baghdad, but the U.S. military did not say when the attack occurred.

The attacks in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, occurred only two days after U.S. tanks and jets routed insurgents who assaulted police stations and government offices there as part of a widespread offensive that killed about 100 people nationwide.

In the Saturday attacks, rebels targeted offices of two political parties — one of them run by Iraq's prime minister — a police station and a government building. U.S. soldiers and Iraqi security forces took up defensive positions across the city, the center of Iraq's orange-growing region.


Helpful of al-Zarqawi to provide clarity: it's Kurdistan, Shi'astan, Britain, America & allies vs. Sunni Arab extremists.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 26, 2004 10:41 AM
Comments

"US jets routed insurgents" - is this the air strikes on Falluja or something different?

Posted by: AWW at June 26, 2004 11:20 AM

I was about to complain about the use of the word "insurgent" and "rebel" and the lack of the word "terrorist," but then I read the last sentence: "The Associated Press contributed to this report." Thanks for your contribution, AP. Grrr...

Posted by: Just John at June 26, 2004 3:45 PM

Wretchard has weighed in with several more indispensable posts.

http://belmontclub.blogspot.com

Posted by: Barry Meislin at June 26, 2004 3:54 PM
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