Iraqi Desertions Complicate U.S. Mission

Just two days before a mission to send hundreds of Iraqi soldiers after insurgents in this troubled western part of

Iraq, U.S. and Iraqi commanders confronted an untimely problem — an Iraqi battalion commander was suddenly fired for incompetence. The commander’s soldiers, a third of those assigned to the mission, would be absent for an operation designed in part to introduce the unit to residents in this town between the troubled cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, about 50 miles west of Baghdad. Full Story

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