9 US soldiers killed by car bombing at patrol base

From WaPo

BAGHDAD — Nine U.S. soldiers were killed and 20 were wounded Monday
in a suicide car bombing against a patrol base northeast of Baghdad,
the military said.

An Iraqi civilian was also wounded in the
attack on Task Force Lightning soldiers in Diyala province, a volatile
area that has been the site of fierce fighting involving U.S. and Iraqi
troops, Sunni insurgents and Shiite militias.

This heartbreaking April 2nd NYT article reports on the fighting and dying in Diyala province and the use of patrol bases there, as in Baghdad, where such bases are considered the pillar of the surge. From MSNBC yesterday…

So far, the deployment of additional troops in
Baghdad is only 60 percent complete, and incoming units in many parts
of the city are still conducting initial, labor-intensive operations to
“clear” neighborhoods before setting up patrol bases, a pillar of
Petraeus’s counterinsurgency plan.

Attacks like this today demonstrate why back in February the Times Online reported this on the surge bases …”They are already being called the Alamo”

I fear we’ll see more such attacks. And on it goes…

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