22 March 2006
Iraqis mount large, conventional attack
|Over 200 nationalist guerrillas in Iraq launched an attack on a collaborationist run jail and freed some 33 of their people who were being held there. They blocked the road on either side of the building with bombs and then battled both the Americans and their Iraqi puppets before making their escape.|
This is quite amazing, because guerrillas at this stage in the war should not be mounting large operations like this. This is the sort of thing that happens as an insurgent force starts to make the transition from guerrilla operations to conventional attacks and that only happens when the enemy has been so weakened by the guerrilla war that he is on the ropes, anyway.
For the Iraqis to do it now suggests that the war might be about the speed up yet again.
Cheers: Juan Cole.