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    The surge did not work and only created more whack-a-mole.  We SURGED in Baghdad so the bad guys decided to SURGE in Northern Iraq because nobody had surged there yet, it was an original idea.  And the Iraq War birthday approaches again, I'm too tired to be sad even.

    Forward Operating Base Normandy, Iraq — A house booby-trapped with explosives killed six American soldiers on Wednesday during an offensive against Sunni insurgents in Diyala province, making it the deadliest day for U.S. troops in Iraq since November.

    The blast, which also killed an Iraqi translator and injured four U.S. soldiers, took place on the second day of an unusually large campaign in Diyala against the insurgent group al-Qaida in Iraq. The explosion came one day after three American troops were shot to death in the neighboring northern province of Salahuddin.

    The U.S. military is struggling to exert control over northern Iraq, where Sunni insurgents have fled over the past year after being driven out of Baghdad and western Anbar province. In addition to this offensive, commanders here are hoping to recruit local Sunnis into U.S.-backed volunteer forces that have successfully countered al-Qaida in Iraq in other parts of the country.

    "People die. Strategies fail. Blame is laid. And we, as a nation, are made to look like assholes." - Brandon Friedman

    by Militarytracy on Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 09:44:35 AM PST

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