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Elite Iraqi Unit Seeks Footing as It Fills U.S. Boots

The three helicopters took off after midnight from this Special Operations base outside Baghdad, bound for a rural community where a man suspected of being a ringleader of the insurgency was hiding in a compound marked on military maps as Objective Hades. Landing beyond earshot of the village, three dozen troops began a quick march along silent roads, cutting across fields, plunging through a gully filled with frigid, waist-deep water, racing to complete the operation before sunrise. Wearing black masks and night-vision goggles, the troops circled the house, to trap anyone who tried to escape — “squirters,” as the soldiers put it. Full Story

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