Thousands of Troops Close In On Militants

Ten thousand American troops closed in on hundreds of suspected al Qaeda militants in western Baqouba, in Diyala province, the fiercest battleground in Operation Phantom Thunder, in a multi-pronged attack that is the largest single military campaign of the Iraq war. "It is what you would see as your worst nightmare," Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek, deputy commander of the Baqouba operation, told ABC News, describing one ravaged stretch of road. "It is a war-torn, devastated, block-to-block street,...Full Story
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