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    Meanwhile, in Iraq...

    Somewhere in between a MLK comment and a fairy tale comment this was going on.


    Massive US Air Attack South of Baghdad

    Jan 10 03:57 PM US/Eastern
    By HAMZA HENDAWI
    Associated Press


    ZAMBARANIYAH, Iraq (AP) - U.S. warplanes unleashed one of the most intense airstrikes of the Iraq war Thursday, dropping 40,000 pounds of explosives in a thunderous 10-minute onslaught on suspected al-Qaida in Iraq safe havens in Sunni farmlands south of Baghdad.
    The mighty barrage—recalling the Pentagon's "shock and awe" raids during the 2003 invasion—appeared to mark a significant escalation in a countrywide offensive launched this week to try to cripple remaining insurgent strongholds.

    But it also fits into the endgame strategy of last year's U.S. troop buildup, which seeks to regain control of Baghdad and surrounding areas as a buffer zone for the capital. U.S. commanders are now attempting to subdue the last insurgent footholds around Baghdad before the Pentagon faces a possible reduction in troop strength.

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    [quote=chicadeel;2317949]Somewhere in between a MLK comment and a fairy tale comment this was going on.


    Massive US Air Attack South of Baghdad

    Jan 10 03:57 PM US/Eastern
    By HAMZA HENDAWI
    Associated Press


    ZAMBARANIYAH, Iraq (AP) - U.S. warplanes unleashed one of the most intense airstrikes of the Iraq war Thursday, dropping 40,000 pounds of explosives in a thunderous 10-minute onslaught on suspected al-Qaida in Iraq safe havens in Sunni farmlands south of Baghdad.
    The mighty barrage—recalling the Pentagon's "shock and awe" raids during the 2003 invasion—appeared to mark a significant escalation in a countrywide offensive launched this week to try to cripple remaining insurgent strongholds.

    But it also fits into the endgame strategy of last year's U.S. troop buildup, which seeks to regain control of Baghdad and surrounding areas as a buffer zone for the capital. U.S. commanders are now attempting to subdue the last insurgent footholds around Baghdad before the Pentagon faces a possible reduction in troop strength.[/quote]

    They better not have gotten this one wrong - if this turns out to be some poor innocent iraqi's farm and houses, this could scuttle a whole lot of progress

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    Well, it seems as though it did motivate a Shiite leader to appeal for unity.

    If this is the kind of motivation they need, load up the planes.


    Iraq bombing campaign deemed a success: U.S.
    BAGHDAD | Shiite leader makes unity appeal

    January 12, 2008
    BY BRADLEY BROOKS
    .....
    Later Friday, one of Iraq's most powerful Shiite political and religious figures called for the government to set aside differences with Sunni Muslim politicians and entice them back to help lead the country.

    The appeal by Ammar al-Hakim, the son and heir-apparent to the head of Iraq's main Shiite political bloc, increased pressure on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to bring Sunni factions back into the fold as part of Washington-backed efforts at sectarian reconciliation. AP

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