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WarrsawPact
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The news and PowerLine's response:
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The terrorists, perhaps emboldened by their suicide bombing last week, tried to launch an actual military attack on a small American outpost in Mosul earlier today. The result was predictable: most of the terrorists, at least 25, were killed, compared to zero Americans:

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[T]he troops were attacked by a coordinated force of about 50 insurgents who fired rocket-propelled grenades and semi-automatic weapons. At that point, two F-18 and two F-14 military jets swooped down on strafing runs and firing Maverick missiles, wiping out much of the insurgent force. "That's when the close-air support came in and did a job on them," [Lt. Col. Paul Hastings] said.
The Iraqi terrorists are growing increasingly desperate as next month's elections draw closer and closer. Osama bin Laden has issued a tape recording denouncing the elections and condemning any Iraqi who votes as an "infidel," which means that he or she is threatened with death. But the clock is clicking on the terrorists. They hoped to defeat the U.S. Army militarily, but failed. They hoped to defeat President Bush in last month's election, but failed. They hoped to generate enough violence to force, with the aid of their allies in the American press, postponement of the January elections, but failed. When millions of Iraqis go to the polls one month from now, it will mark the beginning of the end of the Islamofascist campaign of terror.
That's PowerLine for you.
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To make it fair and balanced, you should have mentioned that one American soldier did die in the attack. Nevertheless, this was a setback for the insurgents.

[ December 30, 2004, 01:37 PM: Message edited by: David Ricardo ]

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I never saw a report that an American soldier died when I posted this.
Was he injured before and die later or something?

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"this was a setback for the insurgents."

That should read -

"this was a setback for the terrorists"

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7374-1420014,00.html

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Iraqi insurgents launched one of their boldest attacks yet on US troops, trying to wipe out an entire American unit with a mixture of terrorist tactics and guerrilla ambush.

After a fierce battle, the American outpost was forced to call in air cover to end the firefight. The attack in the centre of Mosul, Iraq’s once-calm third city which has become increasingly violent, started when insurgents detonated a lorry bomb outside a small army outpost.

As troops rushed from the base to secure the area, they were attacked by dozens of guerrillas armed with rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles. During the firefight, the attackers called in another lorry bomb, detonated pre-planted roadside bombs and fired mortars at the Americans, who were forced to bring in aircraft to bomb a formation of around 50 guerrillas. The US military estimated that they had killed 25 attackers.

One American soldier, caught in the lorry bomb explosion, died later of his wounds. Another 15 were injured.

Many fighters from Fallujah are believed to have fled to Mosul, an ethnically mixed city in the north, before the American offensive last month on the former rebel stronghold.

As for Lewkowski's ridiculous comment, it is obvious to everyone that insurgents is a general term that refers to all the fighters in Iraq who are fighting us there. Some of those insurgents are terrorists, but some of those insurgents are just nationalist guerillas.

In the future, it would behoove you, Lewkowski, to clearly define terrorist before you start arrogantly dictating to me who are and are not terrorists.

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Ah, so I was right about him dying later due to injuries. As of my posting no Americans had died.
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