Franks: 10-25 Attacks a Day on U.S. Troops in Iraq

U.S. troops in Iraq face 10 to 25 attacks a day, partly because they are hunting for Baathists, “jihadists” and fighters crossing the border from Syria, Gen. Tommy Franks, who ran the war against Baghdad, said on Thursday.

Franks, who stepped down recently as head of U.S. Central Command and will soon retire, told the House Armed Services Committee that “on a given day, there will be somewhere between 10 and 25 violent incidents” in Iraq where 148,000 U.S. troops are located. He did not bend to Democratic attempts to label the current fighting conditions as guerrilla warfare, saying those types of operations would be supported by the people but that Iraqis did not support the violence. Full Story

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