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Saturday, 6 November 2004
Mission accomplished in Samarra?

This is the template for what Fallujah will look like after we expel the insurgents in the run up to elections? (Remember all the hooplah when they launched the attack on Sammarra right as the first presidential debate started?}

Let me guess, we can expect more violence because people who hate our freedoms are desperate.

From the A.P..

Insurgents set off at least two car bombs and attacked a police station Saturday in the central Iraqi town of Samarra, killing at least 21 people and wounding 22 in what could be an effort to take pressure off Fallujah, where U.S. forces are gearing up for an assault.

Elsewhere, 20 American soldiers were wounded in the Sunni Triangle city of Ramadi, the U.S. command said without elaborating.

The attacks in Samarra, 60 miles northeast of Fallujah, occurred in a city that U.S. and Iraqi forces reclaimed from insurgents in September and had sought to use as a model for pacifying restive Sunni Muslim areas of the country.

Early Saturday, however, armed militants stormed a police station, killing 12 policemen and injuring one. In other attacks, a suicide car bomber detonated explosives inside a stolen police car near the mayor's office, a second car bomb exploded near a U.S. base and a mortar fell on a crowded market.

The dead included an Iraqi National Guard commander, Abdel Razeq Shaker al-Garmali, hospital officials said. The town's mayor was reportedly injured in the car bombing.

Residents said U.S. forces, using loudspeakers to make the announcement, imposed an indefinite curfew on Samarra. American warplanes and helicopters were heard roaming overhead.

Like bees to honey:

The commander of a British regiment that lost three soldiers in a suicide attack near Baghdad had expressed security concerns before his unit was redeployed to aid U.S. forces, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Black Watch commanding officer Lt. Col. James Cowan had written a series of e-mails saying he expected "every lunatic terrorist from miles around to descend on us like bees to honey," the Daily Telegraph said.

The three soldiers and an Iraqi translator were killed in an insurgent suicide attack on Thursday. Eight others were injured.

The newspaper, which did not specify to whom Cowan was writing, quoted his e-mail as saying: "I hope the government knows what it has got itself into. I'm not sure they fully appreciate the risks."

"The (U.S.) Marines we have taken over from have taken nine dead and 197 wounded since July. I hope we do better," he reportedly wrote.

The newspaper, which did not specify to whom Cowan was writing, quoted his e-mail as saying: "I hope the government knows what it has got itself into. I'm not sure they fully appreciate the risks."

Posted by bushmeister0 at 11:05 AM EST
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