Leathernecks Guard the Streets of Ramadi, Itching for a Fight With an Invisible Foe

The marines here are still searching for their kind of war. It is not for lack of an enemy. In the heart of this provincial capital, where the marines routinely run convoys and patrols down a 4½-mile stretch of road, hidden bombs explode daily, leaving American bodies riddled with shrapnel, if not ripped apart. Guerrillas pop out and take shots with AK-47’s and rocket-propelled grenades. The marines are even exposed at bases at each end of the downtown area – mortars hit regularly, and snipers’ bullets occasionally zing through the air.Full Story

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