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A minor application

Preparing a ‘clearance operation’

From Patrick Cockburn’s superb (apart from the subtitle) The Occupation: War and Resistance in Iraq:

“During preparatory operations in the November 2004 Fallujah clearance operation, on one night over forty 155mm artillery rounds were fired into a small sector of the city,” recalled Brigadier Aylwin-Foster, the perceptive British commander serving with the US forces in Baghdad. “Most armies would consider this bombardment a significant event. Yet it did not feature on the next morning’s update to the 4-Star Force Commander: the local commander considered it to be a minor application of combat power.”

  1. 1  lenin  October 19, 2006, 9:03 pm 

    Curious: why do you dislike the subtitle?

  2. 2  Steven  October 19, 2006, 9:31 pm 


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