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In Diyala, politicians, religious and tribal figures demanded that their province be included in the security plan of Baghdad. This came after dozens of foreign Arab militants ran away from Baghdad to areas across Diyala in order to avoid raids by the Iraqi and American forces during the incoming security plan to secure Baghdad.
Al Qaeda terrorists are fleeing Baghdad in advance of President Bush’s 21,500-man troop surge, a senior military intelligence officer told Pajamas Media today. Under orders from the al Qaeda commander in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, fighters are streaming toward the Diyala region of Iraq.
Hundreds of people have been trying to flee the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, close to the Iraqi-Iranian border, following a recent offensive by US and Iraqi troops in the area.
the offensive had been a success with the capture of about 50 insurgents who they said had taken refuge in the area.
The precedent is well established for insurgents to stream north when the United States steps up operations in central Iraq. In 2004, insurgents streamed north to Mosul during the battles of Al Fallujah; it would appear as if the same dynamic is playing out in advance of a potential battle of Baghdad.
In Anbar and Diyala provinces, coalition forces appear more prepared to deal with insurgents escaping Baghdad. ~ In Diyala -- where U.S. forces lack the resources to police the entire province continually -- more than 1,000 coalition troops launched a sustained three-day cordon-and-sweep operation near the town of Turki beginning Jan. 10; they killed more than 100 insurgents and captured dozens more fleeing Baghdad and hiding among the area's canal systems.
A source close to the MNF said that 7 Iraqis were killed and 10 wounded by American helicopters bombing in supporting of Iraqi forces clashing with insurgents in Al Jazeera district north of Muqdadiya city to the east of Baqouba.
After a nine-day operation in the Turki Village area, soldiers from 1st Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army, together with 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, defeated “The Council,” a known terrorist group which has historically targeted families and tribes with violence throughout the region. Coalition Forces continue to maintain a presence to further the peace and stability of the area.
I hope they're not planning to nuke Baghdad
The greenzone is a prime target in my mind, especially for a GAS/nuclear strike.