Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Iraq's bloodiest day in weeks

A suicide bomber caused carnage at a Shi'ite funeral and gunmen ambushed a vital fuel convoy outside Baghdad amid a wave of attacks that killed more than 50 people on Wednesday, the bloodiest day in Iraq for weeks.

Meanwhile, switching from using boots on the ground to air power in an attempt to reduce US casualties has not gone to plan after an airstrike on house in the northern industrial city of Bayji yesterday. The attack enraged Iraqi Officials when warplanes killed nine members of an Iraqi family, including women and young children, during a bombing strike

More news from today in Iraq include the usual kidnap , murder and carnage we have come to expect . So the only thing missing is the standard White House speech to tell us all how well things are going , oh here it is .


Anonymous cb said...

This switch to air power is a little troubling. The reality of it is, no war has ever been won on air power alone. Inevitably, you need soldiers on the ground. Even a primarily air war like the Kosovo war wasn't won on air power alone: Milosevic blinked after finally being threatened with ground troups. In this case, you have insurgents hiding in homes, holes, etc. You aren't going to beat them by bombing them. Most likely, you'll hit innocents, which has just occured with that family, because really, smart bombs are only so "smart." Sure you may reduce your own casualties, but you aren't going to win that way.

January 05, 2006 8:57 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

Quite right, cb.

January 05, 2006 11:47 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

CB , spot on again , as Djeb said 'Quite right'

January 06, 2006 12:25 am  

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