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U.S. Adopts New Tactics in Iraq Guerrilla War

The U.S. military has adopted tough new tactics against guerrillas in Iraq, arresting relatives of insurgents and destroying houses used to plan attacks against American troops, defense officials said on Monday. But the officials denied the move was modeled on hard-nosed tactics used by Israeli forces in Gaza and the West Bank, despite visits by U.S. military officers to Israel this year to discuss urban combat with Israel Defense Forces (IDF). “In recent weeks, we have begun using a much-increased tempo of taking the fight to remnants of the former regime to prevent them from planning and carrying out attacks on our people,” one of the U.S. defense officials, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters. “This is new in that we are engaging (attacking) buildings for two reasons – if we find they were used to plan or launch strikes against our forces, or if we have information that arms were being made or kept there for attacks,” the official added. Full Story

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