November 12, 2004

Hornet's Nest


CNN reports: U.S. troops push into south Falluja.

CNN's Jane Arraf, who is embedded with the Army, reported Friday the soldiers are clearing the way for Marines, who are going door-to-door in an effort to find weapons caches and secure the area.

"They have essentially taken the south," Arraf said.

U.S. forces hope to take over the last rebel bastion in southern Falluja during the night, a U.S. Marine officer told Reuters news agency on Friday. ...

n Falluja the army unit cleared an industrial section of Falluja "where they found at almost every turn buildings wired to explode, bombs in the making, anti-tank mines, weapons lying around," Arraf reported. "The whole place was an arms cache."

The U.S. military has pounded the industrial area with airstrikes, wire-guided missiles and artillery fire to wipe out most large bands of insurgents.

"There isn't a block where there hasn't been a building that has been flattened, a tank round through it or a bomb dropped on it," Arraf reported.

UPDATE I -- November 15: This cartoon appears in today's (Monday's) Investor's Business Daily.

UPDATE II -- November 16: This cartoon appears in today's (Tuesday's) The Detroit News.

Posted by Forkum at November 12, 2004 09:43 AM