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An Edgy Calm in Fallujah

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FALLUJAH, IRAQ – “You're probably safer here than you are in New York City,” said Marine First Lieutenant Barry Edwards when I arrived in Fallujah. I raised my eyebrows at him skeptically. “How many people got shot at last night in New York City?” he said.

“Probably somebody,” I said.

“Yeah, probably somebody did,” he said. “Somewhere.”

Nobody was shot last night in Fallujah. No American has been shot anywhere in Fallujah since the 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment rotated into the city two months ago. There have been no rocket or mortar attacks since the summer. Not a single of the 3/5 Marines has even been wounded.

http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/001542.html

msr
 
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Any cemetery is even 'calmer'.
 
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KGB_resident said:
Any cemetery is even 'calmer'.
I'm not so sure. This cemetery in Chechnya seems to have done very good business.

 
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That is good news for them. The true success can only be measured when they reduce troop numbers. Quiet does not mean that nothing is happening. Lets hope that the yocals enjoy the outbreak of peace and get used to it.
Worryingly, NYC is safer than a town slightly east of Gloucester statisticly, does this mean that my home town is more dangerous than Fallujah?
 
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762baynet said:
That is good news for them. The true success can only be measured when they reduce troop numbers. Quiet does not mean that nothing is happening. Lets hope that the yocals enjoy the outbreak of peace and get used to it.
Worryingly, NYC is safer than a town slightly west of Gloucester statisticly, does this mean that my home town is more dangerous than Fallujah?
Something happened in NYC in the 90s under Giuliani and the reasons argued ever since. Crime was legendary in the 70/80s when I first visited. By the time I returned in the mid-90s it had done a phenomenal turn around. Cops on walking beats, safe downtown (relatively), plummeting crime rates and few panhandlers.
 
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762baynet said:
That is good news for them. The true success can only be measured when they reduce troop numbers.
Like this you mean?

The Marines have an extra 1,000 troops in the Fallujah area this year, but they aren't in the city. There are far fewer Marines here now than there were.

“We went from having 3,000 Marines in the city last year to down around 300 now,” the lieutenant said. “Maybe 250.”

msr
 
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KGB_resident said:
Any cemetery is even 'calmer'.
Hardly a cemetry. These figures are from 2006 (14x months after Op PHANTOM FURY). I understand that it has increased considerably since then.

As much as 80 percent of the population fled Fallujah, 60 km west of Baghdad, when US forces launched an offensive to oust insurgents from the area.

More than two thirds have now returned and 15 percent remain displaced on the outskirts of the city. They are living in abandoned schools and government buildings, according to aid officials.

The entire population of the city was estimated to be 300,000 and today it stands at roughly 230,000.

“Approximately 65,000 people are still displaced out of Fallujah," said Bassel Mahmoud, director of Fallujah’s reconstruction project.
http://www.irinnews.org/report.aspx?reportid=26215
 
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[quote="Virgil]
Crime was legendary in the 70/80s when I first visited. By the time I returned in the mid-90s it had done a phenomenal turn around. Cops on walking beats, safe downtown (relatively), plummeting crime rates and few panhandlers.[/quote]

Guilliani had nothing to do with it....here's the proof

JOTS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB1NiNKwueE
 
#10
First couple times I read that as An Eggy Calm in Fallujah. Christ I'm hungry, I think my subconcious is trying to tell me something. Time for a banjo I believe. :)
 
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KGB_resident said:
Any cemetery is even 'calmer'.
Who lives in a cemetery anyway?
 

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