posted on May, 14 2005 @ 06:53 PM
The U.S. military pronounced its weeklong offensive near the Syrian border as "successful" and that it had "neutralized" a rebel sanctuary and
killed more than 125 insurgents. In the Iraq-Syria border operation, many more suspected insurgents were wounded and 39 with "intelligence value"
were detained, the military said in a statement.
The U.S. military pronounced its weeklong offensive near the Syrian border over Saturday, saying it had successfully neutralized'' an insurgent
sanctuary and killed more than 125 militants.
During the weeklong operation, many more suspected insurgents were injured and 39 with ``intelligence value'' were captured, the military said in a
statement. It provided no details about the detainees.
Nine U.S. Marines were killed and 40 injured during the campaign known as Operation Matador, during which American forces searched the Euphrates River
villages of Karabilah, Rommana and Obeidi for followers of Iraq's most-wanted militant, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The pronouncement came hours after U.S. forces had encircled the Euphrates River village of Obeidi, causing frightened residents to flee indoors as
American helicopters hovered overhead and military vehicles briefly rumbled through Obeidi's old quarter, meeting no resistance.
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What I find funny is Iraqi fighters toting machine guns and grenade launchers walked the rubble-strewn streets of this town on the Syrian border
Friday, setting up checkpoints and preparing to do battle amid a major U.S. offensive and one gunman whose face was covered with a scarf, said "We are
Are Iraqis that ignorant to think someone would believe that story? All one has to do is watch TV and you will see most Iraqi men do not wear scarves
that cover their face. That can only leave one conclusion and that is they were insurgents.
The good part of this is that another 125 insurgents are now dead and we have 39 possible sources to obtain new information from, that may lead to
more suspects and perhaps their leaders.