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This account in the WaPo about the siege of an Iraqi village sounds like every soldiers nightmare.  (This was the incicdent where 3 marines died.) The insurgents had armor-piercing ammo and some had flaq vests.

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"The costly equipment, as well as body armor later recovered from the bodies of dead insurgents, suggested that the fighters were foreigners, the military said. Though the level of foreigners' involvement in the insurgency has been disputed for nearly two years, Muslim men have come to Iraq from neighboring countries such as Saudi Arabia and from as far away as Chechnya and Indonesia to fight the United States and its allies.

The Marines also found Soviet-designed PKM machine guns and belts of armor-piercing ammunition. In contrast, Lima Company was armed with M-16 assault rifles and carried nothing comparable -- nothing that could penetrate walls and floors and still pack enough force to kill."

After a week of intense bombing attacks (remember all those explosives we never secured?) and now full combat operations near the border, I think it's safe to say we've "turned the corner"  - to total chaos.

Originally posted to OnStarboardTack on Wed May 11, 2005 at 04:38 AM PDT.

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