Thu, Jan 10, 2008
'Shock And Awe'... 2008
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 01.10.08 1700
EST: In one of the most intense air strikes to date in the
nearly five-year Iraq war, on Thursday US aircraft unleashed a
massive barrage of firepower against suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq
safe areas south of Baghdad.
The Associated Press reports some 40,000 pounds of explosives
were dropped in the 10-minute attack, which involved two B-1
bombers and four F-16 fighters, according to military officials.
The attack was reminiscent of the "shock and awe" campaigns from
the early days of the war.
Targeted areas included the Sunni farmlands in in Arab Jabour,
which Pentagon officials believe are controlled by al-Qaeda
fighters. "Thirty-eight bombs were dropped within the first 10
minutes, with a total tonnage of 40,000 pounds," according to a
US and Iraqi troops launched a ground offensive in the region
Tuesday, and returned following the air strikes. Little initial
resistance was reported.
The amount of ordnance dropped in the attack roughly equalled
what was been used in the region in any month since June of 2007,
according to Major Alayne Conway, a spokeswoman for troops in
The attack "was one of the largest airstrikes since the onset of
the war," Conway added.
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