posted on Oct, 4 2004 @ 04:18 AM
“It would be premature to say that it is wrapped up, because insurgencies have a tendency to wax and wane, but clearly, the really good news out of
this is that Iraqi forces have fought alongside American forces, and ... they’ve done well,” national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said on CNN’s
Locals were angered by the civilian death toll.
Of the 70 dead brought to Samarra General Hospital since fighting erupted, 23 were children and 18 were women, hospital official Abdul-Nasser Hamed
Yassin said. Another 160 wounded people also were treated.
“The people who were hurt most are normal people who have nothing to do with anything,” said Abdel Latif Hadi, 45.
Two people quoted with attribution, Condi and a local guy. The US military commanders who said the operation was morale boosting remain anonymous,
which means that it's US military quotes, not quotes from the guys who were there. It'd be interesting to hear their take on it.