Urbin Report

Sunday, December 12, 2004

This isn't on the front page of the Boston Globe...

...but it damn well should be.

Via the Mudville Gazette:

FALLUJAH, Iraq - U.S. Marines have almost completely cleared this former insurgent stronghold of insurgents and weapons, setting the stage for the return of the civilian population before next month's elections, a senior commander said yesterday.

Lt. Gen. John Sattler, who commands the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, said that 97% of Fallujah's more than 20,000 buildings "have been swept for the third and hopefully, final time."

"We've removed all the ordnance, it's free of any insurgents and any improvised explosive devices or booby traps that might have been left behind," Sattler said.

U.S. and Iraqi forces in November recaptured this city 40 miles west of Baghdad from the hands of guerrillas who had used it as a base to launch attacks across Iraq.