9:48 PM

A Surge to Victory

Posted by Skye |

Now it begins:

The stepped-up military operations in and around Baghdad were made possible by the deployment of almost 28,500 additional U.S. troops during the past four months. The build-up is meant to curb violence in Baghdad, but U.S. officials and military analysts have long warned that its success would hinge on pacifying the belt around the city.

The newest U.S. operation, called "Arrowhead Ripper" is taking place in Diyala province, which recently has become the most violent area in Iraq outside of the capital. U.S. officials said the offensive is expected to last at least 30 to 60 days.


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