Dear All, This from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/2930731.stm Yet as some units build a rapport with the town's people, there is a risk others could undermine it. Marines recently sent to patrol the streets have adopted a more confrontational approach despite the fact the town is peaceful. Machine-gun positions have been set up along the main road. And on Tuesday they were using a loud speaker on a Humvee vehicle to warn locals not to get too close to the marines or try to sell them anything. There is still concern about suicide attacks - but these tactics are unlikely to make local people see the Americans as liberators.