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More 'Surgical' U.S. Raids Go on South of Baghdad

Thousands of U.S. troops and Iraqi forces pursued a campaign of raids on suspected guerrilla bases in Sunni Muslim towns and villages south of Baghdad on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.Unlike this month’s storming of Falluja, a rebel city to the west of the capital, there has been relatively little combat since the offensive began Tuesday, but rather a series of raids in lawless towns where gunmen were until now in control. “This is not a Falluja-like mass assault, marked by heavy fighting,” Captain David Nevers of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit told Reuters from a U.S. military base at Iskandariya, 30 miles south of Baghdad. “In the coming days, we will be conducting a multitude of very focused raids aimed at capturing or killing insurgents in our area. It is surgical rather than sweeping in nature,” Nevers said. “It’s characterized by precision, patience and persistence — the keys to a successful counter-insurgency.” Full Story

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