Insurgents, fighting in Iraq, have been responsible for the deaths of more than 550 people in less than one month. In response Seven Iraqi battalions,
backed by U.S. forces launched an offensive today in Baghdad. In conjunction with military operations, the Iraqi government is starting a new
diplomatic 'offensive', including demands that Syria close its porous border to foreign fighters.
The U.S. military said the offensive in the west of the capital had been set in motion to root out insurgents, especially those who have staged
bloody assaults on the U.S.-run Abu Ghraib prison and the notoriously dangerous road from downtown to the airport.
Without providing numbers of troops, U.S. officials said four battalions of Iraqi soldiers and three battalions of police launched the offensive with
the support of an unspecified number of American military personnel, although a total of about 2,500 personnel were believed involved.
"They are searching for gunmen and weapons believed to be used to target airport road and Abu Ghraib prison, which has come under regular mortar
fire," said police Lt. Akram al-Zubaie.
Suspects were detained but the military gave no numbers.
"Iraqi army and ministry of interior forces worked very well together and demonstrated good, solid fundamental skills today," said Col. Mark A.
Milley, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
Also Sunday, three Romanian journalists and their Iraqi-American guide were released after being held captive for nearly two months. Iraqi insurgents
had demanded Romania withdraw its soldiers from Iraq. Bucharest rejected the demand.
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No matter what your view on the U.S./coalition invasion of Iraq, everyone wants to know when our troops are coming home. This is progress towards
an Iraq that can handle their own security. And a more independant Iraq means an Iraq that's less dependant on the U.S. military(hopefully). Also
the Iraqi goverment diplomatic pressure on Syria could help stop the influx of foreign fighters currently 're-fueling' the insurgents.
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