Rising doubts

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Mar 24 06:43:23 MST 2003

U.S. Losses Expose Risks, Raise Doubts About Strategy

By Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 24, 2003; Page A01

Iraqi troops and militias used ruses, ambushes and other guerrilla
tactics yesterday that exploited the risks inherent in the fast-moving
Pentagon war strategy, inflicting more than a score of American
casualties and raising questions about how effective the U.S. approach
has been in convincing Iraqi troops and civilians that President Saddam
Hussein's removal is inevitable.

After three days of routing Iraqi forces and even labeling their advance
toward the Iraqi capital "the Baghdad 500," U.S. soldiers had a series
of sobering engagements. One unit of Iraqi regular troops ambushed a
U.S. convoy. Others trapped U.S. troops in what was described as a phony
surrender, and some reportedly disguised themselves in civilian clothes.
In the south, remnants of an army division moved heavy weapons into a
residential area of Basra that U.S. and British forces were reluctant to
fire upon.

full: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16458-2003Mar23.html


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