Thursday, April 28, 2005

Iraqi attacks increase; insurgents better coordinated

Iraqi insurgents have shown improved co-ordination and greater tactical sophistication in a new surge of attacks following a sharp decline after national elections in January, US defence officials said. Donald Rumsfeld went on record to say funding for the Army is slowing down and is telling Congress to push for the approval of the budget bill. Another glitch that U.S. soldiers must bear while Congress does what it does best: plays politics.

The increased violence comes amid a stalemate over the formation of a new Iraqi government, which US officials worry is dissipating an opportunity opened by the January 30 elections to undercut support for the insurgency.

Attacks fell from about 90 a day before the elections to about 40 a day for several weeks after the vote, Pentagon officials said. But then about two weeks ago the number of attacks rose to about 50 a day.

More significant than the number of attacks is that the insurgent attacks are better co-ordinated than in the past and more sophisticated, said a senior defence official, who asked not to be identified. Moreover, he said, members of the former regime have been re-establishing links with foreign fighters led by militants such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Full story here.


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