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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Iraq Updates
Iraq Tribes Where G.I.'s Ask Help Say They Can't: "In Falluja and other places in central Iraq, no one group has been able to fill the vacuum left by the collapse of Saddam Hussein's government."

In New York Times: World Special

Cheney Theme of Qaeda Ties to Bombings in Iraq Are Questioned by Some in Administration: "Vice President Dick Cheney has repeatedly sought to cast the Iraq war and its aftermath as part of the broader campaign against terror."

In New York Times: World Special

Rice confronts rising Iraq casualty toll: "The Bush administration, confronting a rising casualty toll in Iraq, said Monday that "nothing of value has ever been won without sacrifice.""

In Seattle Post-Intelligencer: War on Iraq

Iraqis Warned Attacks on U.S. Must Stop: "America's top general in the Middle East has warned community leaders the U.S. military will use stern measures unless they curb attacks against coalition forces, an Iraqi who attended the meeting said Monday. (AP)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

Twenty-Six House Democrats Push to Fire Rumsfeld: "A group of more than two dozen Houseof Representatives Democrats on Monday said they had introduceda resolution urging President Bush to fire Defense SecretaryDonald Rumsfeld. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

U.S. Colonel: We don't need any more troops in Iraq: "Colonel Haight, 2nd Brigade Combat Team (2BCT) of the US Army's 82nd Airborne Division, says we don't need any more troops in Iraq, as reported in Janes Magazine :
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"In terms of troop numbers, Col Haight says "We will never need more than we have," while his soldiers remain dismissive of the threat they face. "Everything they [the enemy] do is bad," said one. "The only reason they're killing people is because there are so many people out here."
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While the troops of the 2BCT can expect occasional attacks by RPGs, hand grenades and mortars, sometimes in concert with small arms fire, the primary threat in this area of operations remains the roadside bomb, or IED (improvised explosive device). The most obvious reason for this is the sheer abundance of ordnance available to those inclined to use it.
The planting of IEDs is not necessarily the work of Saddam loyalists, although they probably do fund such operations. According to Sgt Luetzow, there will usually be two payments: one to the bomb-maker, and one to whomever places the device. Given that any Iraqi prepared to plant a bomb can make enough money to buy a car after placing just two devices, there is no shortage of takers from among the criminally inclined, although many 17- and 18-year-olds have killed themselves trying to make what they saw as easy money.
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In Command Post: Irak

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