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The Battle of Fallujah is going… hmm.
It’s hard to tell from this distance what is going on. Apparently the insurgents are communicating by black flags, instead of radio. The sight of a black flag is apparently quite alarming to the troops because it means that they’re about to be opened fire upon. The insurgents have set up booby traps in some buildings, and they’ve tunneled between many others. Snipers are firing lone bullets at Americans from time to time, particularly at officers (John Poole: “Snipers are particularly effective against American squads because they signal the location of the sniper’s enemy to his allies [when the rest of the US squad opens fire], and take out the principal decision maker all at once.”) The insurgents are preregistering their mortars to hit buildings that make likely “safe houses” for troops on the move; US troops attack during the day, but the insurgents regularly attack at night, particularly now when it’s moonless. Buried machine-gun nests sweep the streets from more than one angle, creating confusion when the Marines reach the crossfire areas — they aren’t able to determine easily where the fire is coming from.
When the GPS systems of US troops stop working, their advance is delayed for nearly an hour. Meanwhile, the insurgents know the city without having to consult a map. Some tanks get disabled by RPG rounds, others mysteriously stop working in the dust. The Iraqi National Guard is only being brought in to search and protect mosques, some of which are already rubble, anyway. One of the photos from the NYT today is a US soldier standing in front of a mosque with a chopped-off minaret.