Friday, January 26, 2007

A brazen attack; does it foretell what is to come?

Somehow I missed the details on one of the attacks on US soldiers last week. Four soldiers were killed in an attack in Karbala; what is just now coming to light is that they were abducted by people dressed as American forces... and then they were killed. From Steven R. Hurst and Qassim Abdul-Zahra of the Associated Press Writers
Four American soldiers were abducted during a sophisticated sneak attack last week in the Shiite holy city of Karbala and their bodies were found up to 25 miles away, according to new information obtained by The Associated Press.

The brazen assault, 50 miles south of Baghdad on Jan. 20, was conducted by nine to 12 militants posing as an American security team. They traveled in black GMC Suburban vehicles _ the type used by U.S. government convoys _ had American weapons, wore new U.S. military combat fatigues, and spoke English.

And, clearly, effective.

Read what happened, and it sounds as if the operation was well-thought-out, well planned, well-funded, and well-staffed.

I'm thinking that if anyone thinks another ten or twenty or thirty thousand troops is going to make all the difference, they're mistaken. These are not people who just fell off the turnip truck or who will fade into oblivion at the face of a few thousand more American soldiers and marines. No, they're in for the long haul.

The photo used with this post is in the public domain and was found on flickr.Capt. Brian Roeder (center) leads his troops on a joint patrol with Iraqi army soldiers in Samarra, Iraq, on Oct. 21, 2006. Roeder is the commander of Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. DoD photo by Spc. Joshua R. Ford, U.S. Army. (Released)

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