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Marine, insurgent tactics evolve

The insurgent safe house in Fallujah looked like every other one on the block, except that it was carefully marked with two new bricks, hanging from cord on the outer wall. Explosives experts had already been in the carport, and blown up several mortar tubes set up in the back of a truck – a mobile artillery unit favored by rebels. But Tuesday 1st Sgt. Rodolfo Sarino wanted to take the counterinsurgency effort one step further, in keeping with the volumes of new information US troops are learning every day about the rebellion they are trying to crush. He upended barrels full of drinking water, and used his knife to carve slits into plastic water jugs, draining them, too. Then the marine examined the large store of food adjacent to the kitchen: sacks of rice, bowls of potatoes, and onions. And he lit a match. Within minutes, the store was on fire, adding belching black smoke to Fallujah’s acrid skyline – and depriving mobile bands of insurgents of at least one life-giving larder. Full Story

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