Battle rages in Iraq's holy city

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by PartTimePongo, May 14, 2004.

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  2. Likely that the US troops will score an own goal in NAJAF, attacking the symbolic home of their religion is likely to encourage rather than dissuade. They are fighting in a neck of the woods where families are proud of their martyred sons, who in turn are very willing to die for their source of inspiration Muqtadah AL SADR.

    In NASIRIYA the Italians probably have themselves in a right old mess, the way that the city is laid out may mean that releasing the CPA headquarters in the centre of town proves exceedingly difficult. Similar attacks are likely in BASRA but unlikely to be as successful, due to the geography (as well as the nationality of the local troops and their ROE).
  3. Even as the Titanic caught sight of the iceberg it could not sufficiently alter its course.[​IMG]
  4. Trouble is there's nothing the US can do to make this one any easier. The insurgents have in my view quite deliberately set out to draw the US into combat in sensitive areas. Either the US back off, effectively ceding control or they fight and create martyrs and new supporters. It's a sh!t sandwich and the US are the only ones eating at the moment.