As we all keep hearing the U.S. has control of about 80% of Falluja, even the areas they said were secured two days ago, but are still being fought over.
In Mosul, the insurgents apparently have decided to trade Falluja in for a new city. They seem to be in total control.
You know, when the U.S. starts launchiung ariel bombing raids you've got their attention.
Naturally, it's all under control, but:
(AP) The provincial governor called for massive reinforcements to supplement the Mosul police force, which splintered under a wave of insurgent attacks on at least five police stations Thursday.
"We asked the central government in Baghdad, and God willing they should arrive today," said the provincial governor, Duraid Kashmoula. [He doesn't sound too desperate.]
Brig. Gen. Carter Ham the American commander, said in an interview with the BBC that "some police did not perform as well as we might like." He told CNN: "It's fair to say there are some with ties to the insurgents. We'd be kidding ourselves if we thought that was not the case."
Iraqi National Guard units [On their way to desert.] were being rushed to the city from three directions, as were Kurdish forces from Irbil to the south, the Associated Press reported.
The offices of Kurdish political parties were among the buildings attacked in Mosul on Friday.
...the situation was deemed sufficiently difficult that an Army light-armored unit was peeled away from Fallujah to reinforce the U.S. force in Mosul. [Yeah, because it all over there. Just a little mopping up to do.]