Sat, Apr 10, 2004 at 9:43:16 am
This is how we might lose in Iraq. Does America still have the will to take a fight all the way to the end, or will we make another laughable truce with the mujahideen, and let them get away again? U.S. Seeks Truce With Fallujah Militants.
FALLUJAH, Iraq - Government negotiators entered the besieged city of Fallujah Saturday as fierce battles raged elsewhere in central Iraq, including Baghdad. Forty Iraqis were killed, two U.S. servicemembers and two Germans were missing, an American civilian was captured and a Red Crescent official was gunned down.
Several members of the Iraqi Governing Council met with Fallujah city leaders, trying to win the handover of people who killed and mutilated four American civilians last week. They also want the insurgents to give up foreign militants in the city, council member Mahmoud Othman said.
Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said a third battalion of Marines and a battalion of troops from the new Iraqi army were being moved to Fallujah to join the siege of the city. Two battalions of 1,200 Marines are already in place.
Kimmitt said the military was seeking a cease-fire during the talks, but that insurgents continued to shoot at the U.S. troops. Explosions and sporadic gunfire continued to be heard Saturday afternoon in the city. The Marines largely remained in the industrial zone they hold in the eastern part of the city, 35 miles west of Baghdad.
There’s no such thing as a truce with jihadis; they see our attempts to be “nice” as weakness, and this talk about a truce will do nothing but prolong the conflict and result in more deaths on all sides. Isn’t there anyone in charge of our forces who understands this basic fact?