Michael Yon from Iraq:
When I arrived in
a few weeks ago, they were getting about 1 car bomb per week. Now it’s up to about 1 per day. The fighting is intensifying here, and that’s the bad news. There is some good news, however: Iraqi Security Forces, though taking losses, are thoroughly punishing the enemy here. Just a few days ago, the enemy launched a large and well-planned attack on a police station. In late 2004 or 2005, such an attack would have been devastating – and was. But this time, when the enemy demanded the Iraq Police surrender, the police responded with gunfire. Lots of it. After several hours of fighting, the enemy fled in front of their blood trails. Mosul
Yon will be writing more about this. For now he suggests a new dispatch “The Hands of God.” with audio file of a conversation between American soldiers and Iraqi villagers after a homicide bomber attack. For context he recommends Gates of Fire and Battle for Mosul IV.