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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Insurgent Sweep

Looks like Abu Gharib will be welcoming more guest for the summer, via Ireland Online...

Iraqi and US officials say a high profile counter-insurgency offensive in Baghdad, dubbed Operation Lightning, may have impacted on the number of attacks in the capital, where multiple suicide car bombings and drive-by shootings have become a sinister part of daily life.

The operation, which began May 22, is the biggest Iraqi-led offensive since Saddam's ousting two years ago. Before it began, authorities controlled only eight of Baghdad's 23 entrances. Now all are under government control.

At least 887 arrests have been made during the operation, according to government figures, and 608 mobile and 194 permanent checkpoints have been established around Baghdad. Also, 38 weapon stores were raided.
With our stellar intelligence these days you really have to wonder how these people were marked as a threat; seems the definition is all encompassing these days. Can you imagine the outrage Americans would feel about an occupying nation rounding up and detaining 900 of their fellow country men for what was perceived as a threat by its occupiers?

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