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

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

One of the few reports I've seen talking about operations in Western Iraq.

About 30 miles from this desert outpost, more than 12,000 U.S.-led troops have swooped into western Iraq, fending off enemy resistance while combing the barren terrain for signs of Iraqi missiles and chemical weapons.
The Pentagon gives scant details of the missions. There are no journalists embedded to report on troop activities. In the scattered villages, Iraqis report hearing U.S. bombing and exchanges of gunfire but know little more. Motorists have seen missiles and rockets fly across the treacherous highway to Baghdad.

"It's like the Wild West out there," a U.S. military official said.

For covert reasons, and to protect Jordanian interests, Americans and their allies are reluctant to divulge military activities in the desert, including the takeover of two vital Iraqi airfields.

What is known of the U.S. invasion last week and subsequent firefights comes from Western military analysts and diplomats, Jordanian sources, and British and Australian forces aiding American efforts.

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