Trench plan seeks to protect Baghdad

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Iraqi security forces are to dig trenches around Baghdad in an attempt to curb violence in the city.


Brigadier Abdul-Kareem Khalaf, the Iraqi Interior ministry spokesman, said the trenches would be dug in the coming weeks to protect the Iraqi capital.

The plan is an attempt to reverse what so far has widely been seen as a losing battle to prevent suicide car bombs and other weapons from being smuggled into the capital of six million people.

Khalaf provided no details of what distance the trenches would cover, nor how deep or wide they would be. The city's perimeter measures around 100 kilometres.

However the US military said the plan had been exaggerated and would mostly use existing terrain features.

Lieutenant Colonel Barry Johnson said: "No doubt there will be some trenches involved in this, but to say there is going to be a moat around the city is a bit of a stretch."

In Washington, George Bush, the US president, confirmed there were plans to build a berm around the city to "make it harder for people to come in with explosive devices".
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4EA78803-A42B-4DA3-B186-3287F25C0DFA.htm
 
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PartTimePongo said:
Iraqi security forces are to dig trenches around Baghdad in an attempt to curb violence in the city.


Brigadier Abdul-Kareem Khalaf, the Iraqi Interior ministry spokesman, said the trenches would be dug in the coming weeks to protect the Iraqi capital.

The plan is an attempt to reverse what so far has widely been seen as a losing battle to prevent suicide car bombs and other weapons from being smuggled into the capital of six million people.

Khalaf provided no details of what distance the trenches would cover, nor how deep or wide they would be. The city's perimeter measures around 100 kilometres.

However the US military said the plan had been exaggerated and would mostly use existing terrain features.

Lieutenant Colonel Barry Johnson said: "No doubt there will be some trenches involved in this, but to say there is going to be a moat around the city is a bit of a stretch."

In Washington, George Bush, the US president, confirmed there were plans to build a berm around the city to "make it harder for people to come in with explosive devices".
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4EA78803-A42B-4DA3-B186-3287F25C0DFA.htm
You could merge it with this thread,PTP:

http://www.arrse.co.uk/cpgn2/Forums/viewtopic/t=46585.html
 

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