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US-Iraq Forces Launch Baghdad Offensive

From an outraged Associated Press:

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, center, walks with Army Gen. David Petraeus, right, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, during a visit to a joint security station in Baghdad on Saturday, June 16, 2007.

U.S. launches new offensive in Baghdad

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer

The U.S. military, which just days ago completed its latest troop buildup in Iraq, has launched a large offensive operation in several al-Qaida strongholds around Baghdad, the top U.S. commander said Saturday.

Gen. David Petraeus said the operation began in the last 24 hours and will put forces into key areas surrounding Baghdad that, according to intelligence, al-Qaida is using to base some of its car bomb operations…

He said the buildup of nearly 30,000 additional forces that has just been completed allowed him to launch the latest assault. The move, he said, is allowing him to send operations for the first time into “a number of areas around Baghdad, in particular to go into areas that were sanctuaries in the past of al-Qaida.”

He said: “Our job now, frankly, along with the job of our Iraqi counterparts … is to do everything that we can with the additional forces that we have.” …

Doesn’t General Petraeus realize that the surge has already failed?

Harry “Pinky” Reid has told us so.

And who is better to qualified to judge such things? 

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 16th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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