Fighting erupts in Ramadi
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Friday, May 19, 2006 Posted: 2028 GMT (0428 HKT)
(CNN) -- U.S. military commanders will order more U.S. troops to the Iraqi city of Ramadi, the volatile Anbar provincial capital where troops and insurgents have been fighting pitched battles, the military said Friday.
The reinforcements, described as a significant number, will come from other areas inside Iraq, but military sources are not saying when the troops will arrive.
Fighting has been raging in the sprawling, largely Sunni Arab province west of Baghdad for days; coalition forces have engaged insurgents in the area every day since May 7, the military said.
Insurgents have hidden and established bases in Anbar towns along the Euphrates River, and some have entered Anbar over the Syrian border. Over the past year, Marine-led forces have been launching offensives against insurgents along the Euphrates.
The largest U.S.-led offensive of the war in Iraq took place in 2004 against insurgents based in the Anbar city of Falluja, which is east of Ramadi. (Map: Ramadi )
The military reported earlier this month that U.S. and Iraqi troops had killed more than 100 insurgents in Ramadi the last week of April. (Full story)
The latest incidents in Ramadi took place Thursday, the military said.
"Marines from 2/28 Brigade Combat Team were attacked multiple times with improvised explosive devices, medium and heavy machine gun fire, and small arms fire from several locations near the Ramadi Government Center," the U.S. military said in a written statement.
"Coalition forces responded with small arms fire, medium and heavy machine gun fire, grenades, mortars, shoulder-fired rockets, and precision munitions."
The US has NEVER controlled Ramadi. From 2003, there has been an ongoing battle for the city,nor has there been a major offensive to control it.US troops are basically pinned up in their base camps
posted by Steve @ 10:37:00 AM