Saturday, June 7, 2003

We all need to be paying more attention to what's happening in Myanmar (and the Congo, and Nigeria, and Liberia, and Indonesia, and the Philippines and the Solomon Islands and Afghanistan (still, despite what you might think)....sigh.)

Oxblog gets us started.

Oh yes, and Iraq...remember that place, six weeks after the President's declaration of...whatever?

Columns of M1A1 Abrams tanks and M2 Bradley transports rumbled through the night in a display of force intended to reassert control of this unruly city. By the end of the patrol, the American troops had come under small arms fire and had been shot at by an attacker with a rocket-propelled grenade. One suspected Iraqi assailant was dead. The next morning the American soldiers spent the day struggling to hold back a crowd that was trying to loot a burning factory.From a military standpoint, Falluja is of little strategic significance. But this city of 200,000 has become a test of the Americans' ability to extend their control to restive regions of Iraq.

And over there..

A U.S. soldier was killed and four wounded in an attack near the Iraqi town of Tikrit on Saturday involving a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire, the U.S. military said.