US launches assault in west Iraq

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4299800.stm

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US launches assault in west Iraq

Recent US offensives have focused on Iraq's border with Syria
US soldiers have embarked on a major assault on al-Qaeda-linked militants in western Iraq, the US military says.
Some 1,000 ground troops stormed Sadah, a town near the Syrian border in Anbar province, following earlier helicopter strikes, officials say.

They say Operation Iron Fist - the latest in a series of assaults in the area -will tackle infiltration and destroy the insurgents' haven.

Local doctors told the BBC at least 10 civilians have died in the operation.

The dead - who include at least three children - were reportedly travelling in two vehicles carrying fleeing families.

SEPTEMBER BOMBINGS IN IRAQ
30 Sept: Hilla, 10 killed
29 Sept: Balad, 95 killed
28 Sept: Talafar, 9 killed
17 Sept: Baghdad, 30 killed
16 Sept: Tuz Khurmatu 10 dead
15 Sept: Baghdad, 29 dead
14 Sept: Baghdad, 112 dead

Operation Iron Fist is the first major assault in western Iraq since US and Iraqi troops struck the town of Talafar - also near the Syrian border - in September.

BBC Baghdad correspondent Caroline Hawley says the US offensives have largely failed to stop a series of deadly bombings blamed on the insurgents.

Violence has spiralled as Iraqis prepare to vote in a referendum on a new constitution, scheduled for 15 October.

At least 10 people were killed when a bomb exploded in a market in the town of Hilla on Friday.

On Thursday, blasts in the town of Balad claimed 95 lives.

Meanwhile, 500 detainees have been released from the US prison at Abu Ghraib, near Baghdad, bringing the total number of prisoners released this week to 1,000.

The US said the freed prisoners were not guilty of serious crimes.

Their release has been timed with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, due to start in a few days' time.

Abu Ghraib prison became synonymous with the mistreatment of detainees after pictures emerged last year of US soldiers abusing Iraqi captives.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has meanwhile said the US cannot abandon its mission in Iraq.

She said the US public had to realise the consequences of ceding the country to "barbaric killers".
 
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MrPVRd said:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4299800.stm

Local doctors told the BBC at least 10 civilians have died in the operation.

The dead - who include at least three children - were reportedly travelling in two vehicles carrying fleeing families.
I doubt that even one insurgent was killed. They have a net of informers and know about any movement of American military forces. These countless offensives and bombings rather create new insurgents.
 

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