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Sunday, April 03, 2005

Guerrillas not dead yet, or close to it


Abu Ghraib prison


Insurgents attack Abu Ghraib jail

Dozens of insurgents in Iraq have carried out an attack on Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison.

The US military said the assault began after dark with two car bombs, followed by small arms fire and grenades.

Soldiers fought back, and the Americans say they have now restored control. At least 20 US soldiers and 12 prisoners were reported wounded.

More than 3,000 detainees are held at the jail, which was at the centre of a scandal last year over prisoner abuse.

Between 40 and 60 insurgents are thought to have taken part in the assault - described by one official as a very big, very well-organised attack.


OK, let's break this down.

A large guerrilla force just walked up to one of the most heavily defended places in the middle east and started shooting and wounded 18 Americans. So what was this about the guerrillas wanting to surrender and end the rebellion? Seems they're ramping up operations and doing a good job of it.

Here's a hint: they read our papers. They know about the 5,000 desertions and some units not fighting and a bunch of things which have never made ANY press. Because that kind of thing takes balls, straight up balls.

Ok, so the guerrillas now have training camps near Baghdad, they launch a relatively sophisticated attack against a prison.

So are we winning yet?

I mean, it's not like the Army is taking high school dropouts and recruiters are getting cursed out by angry parents or anything. We have plenty of troops to win the war. Especially after we killed 80 guerillas, 60 of whom seem to have been ressurected Friday.

Let me explain something: 60 men is a lot of men for a guerrilla force to show up with. It indicates prior military training as well, since someone has to lead all those men and plan the attack. The hand of the competent side of the former Iraqi Army shows its hand again. They had to meet, get together and then launch an attack. While hiding from US aerial observation.

Not good, not good at all.

posted by Steve @ 12:00:00 AM

12:00:00 AM

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