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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, March 01, 2007

More artillery in Baghdad

This is the second report of US artillery use in Baghdad. NPR just reported conflicting accounts as to whether it was 2, 4, or 6 neighborhoods spread around the city that were targeted. (All Sunni, I think.)
But the calm was broken after nightfall. The rumbling of artillery fire was heard throughout Baghdad.

In recent days, U.S. gunners have pummeled areas of south Baghdad used as suspected staging ground for car bombings and other attacks.

There was no immediate word from the military on the latest apparent barrage. Residents said the shelling was concentrated on the mostly Sunni area of Dora.

We don't have enough information to know the density of the areas they're firing into, but, again, artillery is a fairly blunt replacement for helicopters.

On the other hand, artillery doesn't get shot down.


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