This A.P report appears to have the latest information from Baghdad. Considerable numbers of American troops have now entered the city, which remains mostly under Iraqi control. There are lots of people on the streets with Kalashnikovs and RPG’s, but no sign yet of the Special Republican Guard. The headquarters of the Guard’s Medina Division fell without a fight; ineffectual counterattacks on the airport were repulsed. On the southern outskirts of the city, Marines encountered Islamofascist volunteers from Jordan, Egypt, Sudan and elsewhere. “It’s like a jihad,” said Lt. Col. B.P. McCoy. “They were given a rifle and told to become a martyr.” The Marines used bayonets while battling the volunteers in the reeds of a marsh.
There’s not much point in speculating, but so far I’m afraid the situation is too good to be true. It’s hard to believe the Saddamites don’t have one last trick up their sleeve–a substantial counterattack by the Special Republican Guard, a chemical attack, mass murder of their own civilian population–something.
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