Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Elsewhere, Iraqi officials said that al-Qaida-linked foreign fighters had taken control of large areas of a strategic city [Qaim] on the Syrian border after weeks of fighting between an Iraqi tribe that supports the insurgents and one that opposes them.
Now, I don't think Qaim is "strategic," and I have serious doubts about other aspects of this story. But it's clear that there's a lot of fighting:
The attacks in the Hit area began Sunday morning when two suicide car bombs exploded at security barricades on the northwest side of town, a Marine statement said.
In Doha, Qatar, the U.S. Central Command said U.S. jets launched airstrikes Sunday on insurgent positions near Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad, dropping two 500-pound bombs against an insurgent staging area.
not to mention
Insurgents launched a daring daylight assault Monday against the Interior Ministry in Baghdad, killing two police in a surge of attacks by al-Qaida's arm in Iraq. Two British soldiers died in a roadside bombing in the south.
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