BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - U.S. and Iraqi troops pressed their sweep through a 100-square-mile area on Friday in a bid to break up a center of insurgent resistance, the U.S. military said. No resistance or casualties were reported.
"We believe we achieved tactical surprise," Lt. Col. Edward Loomis, spokesman for the 101st Airborne Division, said of the day-old Operation Swarmer. He said about 40 suspects were detained, 10 of whom were later released.
Center of insurgent resistance? 30 "suspects"? My dyin' ass! Sounds like some ignorant native with a cell phone saw the helicopters, deduced which direction they were headed, and dropped a dime on 'em. The insurgents didi'ed or went underground - oops, wrong war! - fired up their Toyotas and camels and boogied. I don't blame 'em. I wouldn't wanta tangle with the 101st Airborne either.