SAMARA, Iraq – A former Iraqi general who claims to be part of the insurgency against U.S. troops says the guerrilla war around this “Sunni Triangle” city is being waged by small groups fighting on their own without direction from Saddam Hussein (news – web sites) or others.
He and two other Samara men, who said they are in separate guerrilla units, insisted in interviews with The Associated Press that their fight isn’t aimed at returning Saddam to power. They said it’s about ending the U.S.-led occupation and restoring Iraqi rule.
BAGHDAD:The commanding general of the U.S. Army division that patrols much of Iraq’s eastern borders with Syria and Jordan said Tuesday that his men had encountered almost no foreigners trying to sneak into the country to carry out attacks against American and allied forces.
“I want to underscore that most of the attacks on our forces are by former regime loyalists and other Iraqis, not foreign forces,” said Major General Charles Swannack Jr., commander of the 82nd Airborne Division.
During a news briefing Tuesday evening, Swannack said his men had captured 13 foreign guerrillas and killed seven more in recent months. Ten days ago, Colonel David Teeples, who is part of Swannack’s command, said the number of foreigners captured or killed was just a fraction of the 500 to 600 people captured “who were involved in attacks on coalition forces.”
More Bush administration arguments cracking. Damn, that Robert Fisk is on top of things. He’s been saying this for a while now. Damned lefties and their truthful reporting.