U.S. Army Baits Ambushers With Own Troops

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Thu Jul 10 08:14:23 MDT 2003


*****   U.S. Army Baits Ambushers With Own Troops
Wednesday July 9, 2003 7:49 AM
By BORZOU DARAGAHI
Associated Press Writer

NEAR BAQUBA, Iraq (AP) - The sweat dripped from Lt. Kurt Chapman's
face. The 4th Infantry Division platoon commander had just set a trap
for a group of Iraqi ambushers - and he was the bait....

When Chapman's men first ventured out of the base onto the road
toward ``RPG Alley,'' a strip of road 45 miles northeast of Baghdad
where American forces have come under attacks by rocket-propelled
grenades, the two-Humvee convoy kept its lights on - to lure in
attackers.

Using slow-moving convoys to bait attacks on ambush-prone roads is a
common U.S. tactic in Iraq, where hit-and-run fighters are impossible
to discern until they open fire....

<http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-2886633,00.html>   *****
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Yoshie

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