Saturday, September 13, 2003

War News for September 12 and 13, 2003 Bring ‘em on Two US soldiers killed, seven wounded in raid in Ramadi. Two others wounded in Ramadi in mine ambush unconnected with CJTF-7 raid. Bring ‘em on: US troops in firefight with Iraqi guerillas (not police) in Fallujah. Bring ‘em on: Three US soldiers wounded in Baghdad mine ambush. Bring ‘em on: Firefight reported in central Baghdad. Bring ‘em on: Four US soldiers wounded in ambushes near Khaldiya and Mosul. Bring ‘em on: US troops under mortar, RPG fire near Kirkuk. (Incident mentioned deep in this article) CENTCOM reports US medics supported Iraqi National Immunization Day at Balad hospital. US soldier killed in motor pool accident near Balad. US troops kill at least eight Iraqi policemen, one Jordanian security guard in fratricide incident in Fallujah. This is the second fatal fratricide incident between US troops and Iraqi police that we know of. It’s time for a review of the US fire control procedures. “Unlike at other police stations in Iraq, there is no American military police presence in Falluja to liaise between Iraqi and US security forces in the area - a circumstance which might have prevented yesterday's tragedy.” Why not? It seems that the complete withdrawal of US forces from Fallujah was a hasty and poorly made political decision intended to reduce US exposure rather than a coordinated measure intended to return civil control to the local Iraqi council. Fallujah residents bury the dead, show anger at US occupation, and local leaders call for "major strike." Bush wants $2.1 billion from US taxpayers to repair Iraqi oil fields, in addition to the $1 billion already spent. “The effort to restore Iraq's oil production and export has been plagued by repeated acts of sabotage. The attacks have become so frequent that Corps of Engineers officials concede they don't know what the final cost figures will be.” Northern pipeline sabotage repairs expected to last through mid-October. Powell rejects French proposal to relinquish US control of Iraq as “unacceptable.” Iraqi privatization plan won’t be ready for two more years, says US-appointed Iraqi finance minister. Former US diplomat Joseph Wilson says Bush is losing the war on terror. Bush: “No free nation can be neutral in the fight between civilization and chaos.” Bush returns to his “you’re with us or against us” theme that has proven so remarkably persuasive in the past. Eleanor Clift commentary: Iraq is a disaster in the making. “This administration has great powers of self-delusion. The neocons are isolated from reality, but they run the government, and they’re unrepentant.” Local story: Oregon Guardsmen wounded in Iraq. Local story: Arkansas soldier killed in Iraq. Local story: Montana soldier injured in Iraq accident. Local story: Oklahoma Guardsman wounded in Iraq. Home Front: Bush attends $1,000 per plate GOP fundraiser in Mississippi. Home Front: Cheney attends $1,000 per plate GOP fundraiser in North Carolina.


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