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Headlines Rumsfeld: Strike Won't Kill Many Iraqis

voiceofreason

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WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday that large numbers of Iraqi civilians would not be killed, "certainly not by U.S. forces," during the siege to retake Fallujah, even as the top U.S. commander there predicted a "major confrontation" between insurgents and up to 15,000 troops in the Sunni Muslim city.

Gen. George Casey said that the offensive, which began on Sunday, was proceeding on schedule and that he expected the insurgents to use homemade roadside bombs and car bombs as their "weapon of choice."

Casey predicted that insurgent defenders on the outer edges of the city would fall back into the city center for a "major confrontation" with U.S. and allied Iraqi forces.

Rumsfeld told a Pentagon news conference that bringing stability to the city would be difficult because insurgents were expected to put up a pitched battle.

"Listen these folks are determined. These are killers They chop people's heads off. They're getting money from around the world. They're getting recruits," Rumsfeld said.
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NOW, he tells us they are determined killers who chop people's heads off and are getting money from around the world.

Where was this genius wiseman when we were planning to go in?
 

breakology

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voiceofreason said:
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WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday that large numbers of Iraqi civilians would not be killed, "certainly not by U.S. forces," during the siege to retake Fallujah, even as the top U.S. commander there predicted a "major confrontation" between insurgents and up to 15,000 troops in the Sunni Muslim city.
I can almost agree with this, not because US forces are careful to avoid civilian casualties, but because most of the civillians have fled the area.