Monday, September 12, 2005

Insurgents escape using Viet-Kong style tunnels

TAL AFAR, Iraq (AP) -- Fighting eased Sunday, the second day of a U.S. and Iraqi sweep through the militant stronghold of Tal Afar near the Syrian border, as insurgents melted into the countryside, many escaping through a tunnel network dug under an ancient northern city.

"The terrorists had seen it coming (and prepared) tunnel complexes to be used as escape routes," Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch said in Baghdad.

Lynch said operations in Tal Afar were part of a much larger, nationwide plan to destroy insurgent and al-Qaida bases, which included ongoing operations in Mosul, Qaim and the western town of Rutba.

The 8,500-strong Iraqi-U.S. force continued house-to-house searches, and military leaders said the assault would push all along the Syrian frontier and in the Euphrates River valley.
Cities and towns along the fabled river are bastions of the insurgency, a collection of foreign fighters and disaffected Sunni Muslims, many of them Saddam Hussein loyalists


Blogger G_in_AL said...

who coined the "Viet-Kong style" phrase H?

Is that some spin I smell?


September 12, 2005 3:53 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

LMAO , erm (cough) I "coined it"

no press agency has yet used that phrase

so the spin you smell could well be mine G ,

it just brought back memories from history and my mind made the join


September 12, 2005 4:34 pm  
Blogger Hype said...

tunnels aren't anything new.... digging in has been around for thousands of years... what is so funny is how stupid today's people are... they built a tunnel, imagine that....


September 14, 2005 8:40 pm  

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