W. Thomas Smith at NRO has more on the successful U.S.-Iraqi operation in Samarra. As I discussed last night, this looks like step one of a sweep of the four insurgent strongholds in the Sunni triangle. The others are Fallujah, Ramadi, and Sadr City.
Smith notes that the operation was led by the famed 1st Infantry Division — the oldest active division in the U.S. Army — some of whose exploits were chronicled (a bit romantically) in Sam Fuller’s 1980 film The Big Red One. Trunk and I are big fans of Sam Fuller. Our tributes to him are here and here. Fuller’s anti-Communist classic with Richard Widmark and Thelma Ritter (the name of which I couldn’t recall) is Pick-up on South Street,
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