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Commanders say push in Baghdad is short of goal - International Herald Tribune

Commanders say push in Baghdad is short of goal - International Herald Tribune: "BAGHDAD: Three months after the start of the Baghdad security plan that has added thousands of American and Iraqi troops to the capital, they control fewer than one-third of the city's neighborhoods, far short of the initial goal for the operation, according to some commanders and an internal military assessment.
The American assessment, completed in late May, found that American and Iraqi forces were able to 'protect the population' and 'maintain physical influence over' only 146 of the 457 Baghdad neighborhoods."

Anger Builds in Fallujah Over Security Crackdown - by Ali al-Fadhily

Anger Builds in Fallujah Over Security Crackdown - by Ali al-Fadhily: "'Americans and their Iraqi collaborators are blaming us for their failure in controlling the city and the whole country,' Ahmed Alwan of the Sunni religious group the Muslim Scholars Association told IPS. 'This kind of collective punishment only means slow death to the people of the city and is adding to their agonies that have continued since April 2003.'"