I think a lot of the problem is the civilians themselves; a lot of them are covering up for the insurgents, ... None of this makes civilian casualties ok, of course, but I really wish the civilians over there would understand that we could do a hell of a lot better job if they'd help us, and that they need to actively fight the insurgency ...
...according to a colleague of mine from TIME who traveled up there today on a U.S. embassy-sponsored trip, there are no insurgents, no fighting and 17 of the 41 prisoners taken have already been released after just one day.
As noted, about 1,500 troops were involved, 700 American and 800 Iraqi. But get this: in the area they’re scouring there are only about 1,500 residents. According to my colleague and other reporters who were there, not a single shot has been fired.
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