Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, March 24, 2003

al Jazeera is reporting that PUK is in control of most of the land formerly held by Ansar al Islam.

Armed detachments of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), one of the largest parties in Iraqi Kurdistan, is in control of most of the positions that were previously held by the Ansar al-Islam group near the border with Iran.

A correspondent of the Qatari-based satellite television channel Al-Jazeera reported that PUK detachments dealt a massive strike against the Islamists' positions on Sunday.

PUK forces along with those of the US fired missiles on areas
held by the group which killed a dozen militants and civilians.

Meanwhile, Fouad Maasum, a high official of the PUK, admitted on
Monday that the US military has deployed forces in Iraqi Kurdistan,
in the city of Sulaimaniya.

"However, their number is not enough for the opening of a new
front," he pointed out.

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