If you're making a post about Israel or Lebanon or Hezbollah or even Iraq you should reconsider, as many recent threads have ended in shouting matches that do nothing good for the site or the community. If you do insist on posting about those subjects, make sure it's actually something of major importance or at the very least interesting, and not just another news blip about war.
"The US military has said a security initiative aimed at reducing violence in Baghdad has failed to meet expectations and is being reviewed.
Military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said there had been a 'disheartening' 22% rise in attacks in Baghdad since the end of last month.
His comments came as a wave of bombings across Iraq killed at least 41 people.
...Launched in June, Operation Together Forward is a joint US and Iraqi security drive in which thousands of extra troops have been deployed in Baghdad.
The operation was seen as key to asserting the authority of the Iraqi government over all of the capital and eventually the rest of the country, paving the way for the withdrawal of US forces.
But Gen. Caldwell said attacks on US troops and Iraqi forces in Baghdad has risen significantly in the first three weeks of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began in the last week of September.
'Operation Together Forward has made a difference in the focus areas but it has not met our overall expectations of sustaining a reduction in... violence,' he said.
Gen. Caldwell said 73 US soldiers had been killed so far in October, which was heading towards becoming the deadliest month for US forces in Iraq for two years.
The senior US commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, has now ordered a review of the strategy."
[BBC News | October 19, 2006]
But I didn't vote for any of these idiots, so it's not my problem.
And that a hitch in the military would do you (and nearly anyone) a world of good.
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