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Operation Lightning

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posted on May, 27 2005 @ 03:36 AM

Iraqi forces are preparing to launch a major security crackdown in Baghdad in a bid to stem a spate of car bombings, as the government confirmed reports that Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been wounded.

Defence Minister Saadun al-Dulaimi announced the deployment of tens of thousands of security personnel in a lockdown on the capital.

"We're going to set up a security cordon around Baghdad, and it will be impossible for terrorists to cross," he said, adding the plan involving around 40,000 soldiers and police and hundreds of checkpoints would come into operation next week.

"The objective is to pass from a defensive position to an offensive one and to put the capacities of defence and interior ministry forces to the best use.”

"The security measures will be applied in Baghdad next week and throughout Iraq in two weeks time," Mr Dulaimi said at a press conference in Baghdad
In northern Iraq, around 1,000 US and Iraqi troops continued their operation in the Euphrates Valley town of Haditha in a bid to rout militants believed to have fled an earlier operation near the Syrian border.

And the US military says one of its helicopters crashed after coming under small arms fire while supporting coalition forces near the city of
Baquba, 56 kiloemtres northeast of Baghdad.

The fate or number of crew aboard the helicopter was unknown

SOURCE: World News

A huge step for Iraqi forces against insurgents. Im curious to see how effective people here think this new tactic will be.


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