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Bill Roggio. On Day 5, it sounds good. I like the blocking troops to prevent escape.
What kind of war is this, though? We are fighting al-Sadr's army which seems to be a proxy for Iran, and Al Quaida with all of their foreign fighters. This is no longer about Iraq at all. Iraq just happens to be the battlefield. That was the original idea, wasn't it?
If this offensive goes well, watch Americans change their tune about Iraq.
Just finished a quick overview and map of Operation Phantom Thunder: http://ajacksonian.blogspot.com/2007/06/operation-phantom-thunder.html
This is a huge operation, with something on the order of 65-70,000 active forces taking part, and maybe more as the Peshmerga part hasn't been clearly delineated yet, nor the tribal work in Anbar. But it is aiming to rip the arrow out of Iraq.