Saturday, November 08, 2003

Winning Hearts and Minds

In revenge for the shootdown of a Black Hawk helicopter resulting in six dead, US forces have apparently been permitted to go on a rampage in the Tikrit area:

In retaliation, U.S. rocket and heavy machine gun fire destroyed a warehouse and two houses believed to have been used by militants. Air Force fighters screeching overhead dropped bombs, which rattled houses. Mortar rounds howled, and tracer bullets lit up the sky.

"We want to remind this town that we have teeth and claws and we will use them," said Lt. Col. Steven Russell of the 4th Infantry Division, who led raid in Tikrit, a city of 120,000 people about 120 miles north of Baghdad.

Apocalypse Now, anyone?

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