Fresh Paint
Sunday, April 25, 2004
Catching Up
U.S. Troops Likely to Move Into Parts of Najaf Soon; American Patrols to Begin in Fallujah
FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - U.S. troops will begin patrols with Iraqi security forces in Fallujah, the military said Sunday, as the United States backed down from warnings of an all-out assault that could spark new bloodshed and deepen anti-American sentiment.
Does this sound like they're using Iraqi troops as human shields? Something not right here. We need observers or press or someone going in that can tell us what's really happening. Still don't understand what the objective of all this is. Are these Saddam's Republican Guard soldiers they were talking about re-legalizing yesterday? If so, the neo-cons are more insane than I thought they were. This is a suburb of Baghdad. This is like an army attacking Schaumburg, or maybe Cicero, Illinois.

UPDATE: Now I understand:
The shift in approach followed high-level discussions in the White House and at least one weekend meeting between leaders of the volatile community and U.S. officials led by L. Paul Bremer, the occupation administrator on Saturday.

By day's end, the coalition was announcing projects totaling $60 million between Fallujah and Ramadi, a nearby city that has also been an insurgency hotbed.
The fix is in.

WaPo has it.

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