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IRAQ: The Battle of Baghdad

Tom Grey forwards an optimistic prediction "Inside the Battle of Baghdad" by Ranger officer Patrick Walsh (ret.) Fo the full text see: It starts:

A lot of people are worried about U.S. troops getting bogged down in urban combat in Baghdad or other large cities in Iraq. Their knowledge of urban combat, also known as Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT), comes from repeated references to Stalingrad or other WWII battles by the talking heads on TV or memories of the U.S. operations in Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down) or the terrifying final scenes in the movie "Saving Private Ryan". Actually, the Battle of Baghdad is likely to be more like the Battle of Panama, where only a few poorly defended buildings had to be captured by force, than like Stalingrad where two million men fought for six months". RH: We shall see.

Ronald Hilton - 3/1/03