RealNews

U.S. Forces, Close to Attack in Najaf, Decide to Hold Off

After spending today preparing for a major attack against insurgents loyal to the rebel Shiite cleric Moktada al-Sadr, American forces called off the assault, at least for now. Officers here said the delay had resulted from a need to extend planning and said the attack could still be carried out at any time. The abrupt reversal came after a day of hawkish announcements by American officers here. American forces have been close to capturing or killing Mr. Sadr before, but have repeatedly backed off. This time American commanders had vowed to crush his guerrillas, known as the Mahdi Army.Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.