Uh oh. It seems as if the insurgents got lazy and forgot that we have more up our sleeves than just ground troops.
It's been reported that there were "intensive air invasions" throughout central Iraq, leading to the captures of numerous insurgents and seizures of bomb-making materials. The St. Pete Times reports that Operation Swarmer "detained 41 people, found stolen uniforms and captured weapons, including explosives used in making roadside bombs."
"The military described the operation, in which a combined Iraq-U.S. fighting force was delivered in 50 helicopters, as the "biggest air assault" in three years. It was not an air raid, however, as the military reported no bombing or firing from the air in the offensive northeast of Samarra, a town 60 miles north of Baghdad."
It's about time we started back up with more procedural, war tactics. Granted, I'm not a General nor am I fighting there, but I feel we are fully utilizing our resources. We need to show our strength, and seek out the insurgents with all types of warfare. In this particular situation, it's also positive to see that the troops are working directly with Iraqi forces to weed out these insurgents (ABC News):
"A military statement said "Operation Swarmer" involved more than 1,500 Iraqi and US troops and 200 armoured vehicles targeting insurgents active near Samarra, 100 kilometres north of Baghdad. A defense official in Washington said 600-700 of the troops involved were Iraqi government forces. The rest were Americans."
All in all, hopefully we'll step up our offensive in an effort to obliterate all insurgents and push the Iranians back, proving the recent uprising is temporary. I have faith that our General's are making the appropriate steps in successfully liberating Iraq.
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