Arrowhead Ripper: Day 3
The latest on the Battle for Baqubah, courtesy of Michael Yon, who reports that we're continuing to rout the bad guys ("Al Qaeda is about to be strangled and pummeled to death in this town," is how he puts it), notwithstanding what he sees as a serious lack of capable Iraqi commanders in the region.
The combat in Baqubah should soon reach a peak. Al Qaeda seems to have been effectively isolated. The initial attack on 19 June achieved enough surprise that al Qaeda was caught off guard and trapped. They have been beaten back mostly into pockets and are surrounded and will be dealt with. Part of this is actually due to the capability of Strykers. We were able to “attack from the march.” In other words, a huge force drove in from places like Baghdad and quickly locked down Baqubah.
The whole dispatch is worth a read, as real-time coverage of this major military campaign continues to be unavailable anywhere else.
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