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Old 05-01-06, 02:36 PM
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U.S.: Ramadi battle kills 100-plus insurgents

You can add Afghanistan to the list also.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- U.S. and Iraqi troops killed more than 100 insurgents last week in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, a U.S. Army officer said Monday.

Two Iraqis also died in the fighting, said Col. John Gronski, commander of the U.S. Army's 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 28th Infantry Division. No Americans were killed.

Gronski said Iraqi forces "are doing very well" in the battle against insurgents in the volatile Anbar province city.

"The Iraqi army is conducting aggressive operations here based on human intelligence from the people of Ramadi themselves," he said.

Gronski said the Iraqi soldiers' improved capability has bolstered the morale of U.S. troops working with them.

U.S.-led coalition and Iraqi forces are trying to shut down insurgent supply routes into the area, setting up checkpoints and sometimes closing streets, he said.

Gronski said an airstrike was called Sunday after coalition forces noticed insurgents removing weapons from a train station in the southeastern part of the city.

Meanwhile, in an attempt to reach out to insurgents, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani said he has been meeting with seven armed groups in hopes of agreeing a deal to include them in Iraq's political process.

None of these groups include people loyal to al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, according to a statement issued Sunday from Talabani's office.

"These groups who are holding talks with the president are those who believe in a prosperous Iraq. Their will to fight America has waned," said a spokesman in the president's office.

A source close to Talabani said the meetings have been under way for some time.

The groups are realizing that Americans are not their true enemy, the source said, and that they have been "fighting the wrong enemy."

"[These groups] are coming to the realization that one day the Americans will leave -- and that the most important thing is an Iraq that is free from Iranian influence," the source added.

The presidential statement said Talabani also has supported recent talks between U.S. officials in Iraq and armed groups.

Talabani said al-Zarqawi "has "announced genocide against the Iraqi people," according to the statement.
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Good news from Iraq by staying the course and not running away.
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Yup. Three months and sign of civil war in sight.
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And the insurgents are still in their last throes......
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Zarqawi is having trouble recruiting suicide bombers.
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Originally Posted by bhk
Zarqawi is having trouble recruiting suicide bombers.
Blame Bush.
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If Zarawi is having trouble recruiting suicide bombers, great! Hard to confirm reports like that. Likewise, it's hard to know what impact on the situation winning battles like the ones reported. Frankly, there's too much we DON't know about the insurgency.....
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I posted an article with a link in the Understanding Suicide bombers thread that indicated Zarqawi was changing tactics because he was having trouble recruiting suicide bombers.
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I saw that article. If it's true, great. I'm just saying that accurate intelligence about the insurgency (tactics, leaders, numbers) has been lacking so far. They could be right, but I wouldn't put any money on it. If it's true, I guess we would see a decrease in number of suicide-bombings. Let's see what happens during next month....
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Woah. I haven't seen any reports of 100 insurgents even congregating before. Must have been a big battle.
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Originally Posted by Holy Jackson
Woah. I haven't seen any reports of 100 insurgents even congregating before. Must have been a big battle.
Or a big bake sale.
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Or a big bake sale.
I thought it was a wedding party.
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Either way, they're dead. I wonder how much coverage will this have on the evening news. Something tells me the hot topic will be illegal immigrants.
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Something tells me the hot topic will be illegal immigrants.
Um... as it should be?

I'm sure the announcement about the 100 insurgents will get a mention. But the immigrant "rallies" or whatever these are called are by far the biggest story of the day (maybe the year).
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Good news! I wonder if it will make the evening news though... hmmm...
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Woah. I haven't seen any reports of 100 insurgents even congregating before. Must have been a big battle.

maybe they were praying on that particular moment.
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If you're going to post articles, you need to foster a discussion, not simply post a news link with a quote.
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