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US, Iraq Launch New Anti-Terrorist Operation

From an irate Associated Press:

US soldiers in hunt for Al-Qaeda militants in the Diyala province, 06 January 2008.

US, Iraq launch anti-extremist operation

By ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – U.S. and Iraqi forces launched a major operation to strike against al-Qaida in Iraq and other extremists, the U.S. military said Tuesday, hoping to build on a recent reduction of violence and push militants from their strongholds.

The division and brigade-level operation, dubbed Phantom Phoenix, will cover the entire country, the military said.

U.S. and Iraqi forces will “continue to pursue al-Qaida and other extremists wherever they attempt to take sanctuary,” Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, the No. 2 commander in Iraq, said in a statement announcing the start of the joint operation. “We are determined not to allow these brutal elements to have respite anywhere in Iraq.” …

Extremists have been pushed out of their former stronghold in Anbar province west of Baghdad to the east and north, and appear to be concentrated in the province of Diyala to the northeast of the capital and in Mosul to the north.

“Al-Qaida in Iraq is attempting to regain strength and establish new support areas in northern Iraq,” said Lt. Col. James Hutton, a spokesman for the U.S. military.

Few details were given on the operation, which will go beyond military activities and focus as well on providing basic services and improving local governance and economic life for Iraqis, the statement said…

Funny how we don’t see footage of our brave soldiers breaking down in tears over how hard it is to keep going.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, January 8th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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