Coalition forces launched the largest air assault in Iraq since U.S. forces invaded that country in 2003, the U.S. military confirmed Thursday.
The assault was launched in the southern Salah Ad Din province to clear a suspected insurgent operating area southeast of Samarra. The operation, which began Thursday morning, is expected to continue for several days. Read more.
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“Yes, Operation Swarmer will absolutely help the people of Iraq and the coalition effort. Now is a good time to flex our muscle and teach these punk terrorists to show some respect.” — Bill (Coppell, TX)
“Will this stop the insurgents? Who knows. But it does show that the Iraqis are stepping up to the plate. May God watch over all these fine bodies in uniform.” — Patty (Newark, CA)
“Nothing will stop the extremists. This is an ideological war of religion and politics. They will never quit.” — Pat (OH)
“I think we will prevail, however, they just keep showing up like rats multiplying!” — Jean (Blountsville, AL)
“Hit ‘em again, harder! When they’re running and hiding, they can’t fight back.” — Dan
“A creative and effective offensive is always a positive action in war.” — Leslie (Eau Claire, WI)
“No, this operation will not stop or deter the insurgents. The Iraqi people are simply not ready for our form of government and they do not fully support our mission. It is time for the U.S. to give the Iraqi people an ultimatum: step up to the plate and help fight for your freedom or we leave!” — George
“Yes, I believe this latest operation will get the bad guys and allow the Iraqi troops to continue to take the lead in these missions. We have to keep sticking it to the terrorists until there are none of them left walking the Earth. This is the only way to secure our freedoms and the freedoms of those around the world.” — Donna (Spring Hill, FL)
“For the military to mount an offensive of this magnitude, they must believe that there are major league bad guys to be had. If they're lucky, the bad guys will not get away. This mission has the potential to be very positive.” — Neal (Canton, MA)
“It takes, on average, nine years to end an insurgency, and we have only been at this for three years. In our war for independence, only one-third of Americans wanted independence. Another third actually fought on England's side. The only thing that will lose the Iraqi fight for freedom and the war on terror are members of the anti-Bush, pro-terrorist media. Thank God FNC is not part of the group!" — Michelle (Bellevue, WA)
“Well, what do you know, President Bush’s poll numbers and support for the Iraq war hit an all-time low and it motivates them to get their behinds in gear. I sure hope this operation helps so we can bring our troops home sooner rather than later. Let's keep our thoughts and prayers with them during what will surely be a violent week.” — S.G. (Dallas, TX)
“I think this operation is an effort to expose the Iraq military to the methods they should use in their efforts to combat the insurgency. This is nothing more than a training mission.” — Dan
“Well, it is definitely better than just standing around and watching all of this violence take place. Something has to be done, and this should be a step in the right direction.” — Lauren
“Operation Swarmer may not stop the current outbreak of violence in Iraq, but it will surely take a some of the bad guys off the street. Let's hope we find Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.” — Bob (Fallbrook, CA)
“It's about time! If this is a war, then let’s get it on. In my opinion, the term ‘insurgents,’ is warn out and has no meaning anymore. The ‘insurgents’ are enemies of Iraq and have the faces of alliances such as Syria and Iran. If these so-called ‘insurgents’ were in the U.S. creating the same problems, would we call them insurgents? Hell no, we would call them who they are and go after who support them. That's the problem in Iraq! The Iraqi people need to rally against a common enemy with a name, not an 'insurgent.' — Ernest
“Air assaults have proven very ineffective in weeding out 'insurgent armies.' This is a civil war now and our nation looks worse and worse every day because now we are in the air taking out a larger number of targets, including civilians. I am deeply troubled by this latest move.” — Anonymous
“This operation won’t stop the insurgents, but I sure hope it slows them down a bunch. I bet the U.S. was waiting until Iraqi forces were trained and better equipped to assist in this operation. There’s nothing like a hometown victory for Iraq’s own troops.” — Thomas (Salt Lake City, UT)
“Go get 'em! Samarra is probably not the only place where the insurgents are, but this is a good start. Maybe when they see what the new Iraqi government is willing to invest militarily to rid their nation of them, they will see they cannot win. Also, maybe we will get lucky and capture or kill al- Zarqawi.” — Ronni (NJ)
“I believe that the news media has been kept in the dark about this operation. Certain media outlets were unable to act in a treasonous way and continue to sabotage the war. The strikes are good news and should continue. It goes to show what great intelligence can accomplish when it is kept secret.” — Ruth (TX)
“Every building should be entered and every weapon seized, and then anyone not wearing a uniform that holds a weapon should be shot and killed. The Syrian border should be sealed and infiltrators killed. I'm sick and tired of the anti-soldier, anti-war, and the anti-American media. This war should be run by the Army, not politicians or the press.” — Joe (Wasilla, AK)