Wednesday, March 22, 2006

For US and Iraqi forces the best defense is a good offense

Iraqi and US forces capture 50 insurgents as they attacked a police station.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Insurgents attacked a police station Wednesday for a second day in a row, but U.S. and Iraqi forces captured 50 of them after a two-hour gunbattle.

About 60 gunmen attacked the police station in Madain, south of Baghdad, with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles, said police Lt. Col. Falah al-Mohammadawi. U.S. troops and a special Iraqi police unit responded, catching the insurgents in crossfire, he said.

Four police were killed, including the commander of the special unit, and five were wounded, al-Mohammadawi said. None of the attackers died, and among the captives was a Syrian.

A swift response prevented what was in all likelihood an attack that was designed similarly to the attack on a police station yesterday that resulted in the escape of 30 some prisoners from an Iraqi jail. This is an excellent example of professional military out-thinking and out-maneuvering untrained terrorists. The Iraqi forces have come a long way.