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US Launches Massive Strike On Sunni Triangle

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

U.S. helicopters fly from the military base during during an assault Operation Swarmer targeting insurgent strongholds north of Baghdad. US and Iraqi forces launched a massive air assault operation described as the biggest since the invasion three years ago, targeting rebels loyal to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a remote area north of Baghdad.

Largest Iraq Air Assault Since ’03 Begins

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq – U.S. forces, joined by Iraqi troops, on Thursday launched the largest air assault since the U.S.-led invasion, targeting insurgent strongholds north of the capital, the military said.

"More than 1,500 Iraqi and Coalition troops, over 200 tactical vehicles, and more than 50 aircraft participated in the operation," the military statement said of the attack designed to "clear a suspected insurgent operating area northeast of Samarra," 60 miles north of Baghdad.

The military said the operation was expected to continue over several days against insurgent targets in Salahuddin province, where Samarra is a key city.

The province is a major part of the so-called Sunni triangle where insurgents have been active since shortly after the U.S.-led invasion three years ago.

Saddam Hussein was captured in the province, not far from its capital, Tikrit.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 16th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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