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Friday, July 14, 2006
News From Elsewhere
Colonel MacFarland, commander of the 1st Brigade, 1st Armor Division
plans for a combined US-Iraqi pacification of Ramadi. "I am
confident that we can secure Ramadi without a Fallujah-type offensive. And
with each new section of Ramadi that we move into and establish a patrol
base and begin to move out into the neighborhoods, I become more and more
confident that a Fallujah-type of offensive is not going to be necessary,
certainly not across the entire city. I mean, there's always the chance the
enemy may establish a final redoubt that has to be reduced by force. And if
necessary, we'll be formidable with them that will not be sociable. But we
will try to diminish the numbers of the insurgency through our non-lethal
means to avoid that."
Rumors of Fidel Castro's death or serious incapacity at the Babalu
blog. Still rumors, mind you.
Rossett reports Tongsun Park is convicted of being Saddam's agent in
corrupting the UN's Oil-for-Food Program.
Haaretz says Israeli experts think Hezbollah has Zelzal-2 rockets, with a 200 km range and 600 kilogram (1,320 pound) warhead that can reach Tel Aviv.
The Counterterrorism Blog is quoting anonymous sources claiming an Egyptian civilian vessel was attacked by a UAV firing a Raad anti-tank missile, marking the use of an unmanned vehicle as a missile platform.