Last week there was speculation regarding increased activities over American Air Force bases in Europe, which led some to speculate that perhaps the American military was preparing 'the invasion of another country.' Others rightly pointed out that such an invasion requires extensive propaganda preparation. However the resumed bombing of Iraq does not require such preparation, and now the news is coming out that American Air Force planes are resuming the pounding of Iraqi towns and villages as a reaction to months of stiffening resistance to the American military. The air campaign is targetting the areas around Tikrit and Fallujah, where most of the resistance has been concentrated in recent months, and has been code-named "Operation Ivy Cyclone. In comments to the media, richard Armitage, US Deputy Secretary of State, said "It's not a secret to anyone that in the Baghdad, Tikrit, Ramadi, Fallujah area, we've got a security problem ...We're going to take this fight to the enemy."
According to the Associated press, American jets are pounding targets now in response to each attack on American and British troops, and the insurgents are responding with bombings and assassinations. This type of strategy is typical of the spiral of violence the American forces fell into in Vietname.
The AP story., describes this cycle of strike followed by counter strike as follows...
On Monday, U.S. jets dropped three 500-pound bombs in the Fallujah area after three paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division were wounded in an ambush. There was no report of casualties from the bombing.
"Neither America, nor the father of America, scares us," said one resident, Najih Latif Abbas. "Iraqi men are striking at Americans and they retaliate by terrifying our children."
In Mosul, an oil official was wounded and his son killed when assailants opened fire at their car in the northern city Monday, his family said.
Mohammed Ahmed Zibari, the Northern Oil Company's distribution manager, was headed to work when gunmen riddled his car, his brother Nawzat Zibari said. The brother speculated that Zibari was killed by "terrorists" because they believed he was cooperating with the Americans.
In Basra, an explosion destroyed two cars on a road frequently used by British troops. Soldiers immediately blocked off access to the site, but Iraqi police said four civilians were killed and three injured in the blast.
The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, told reporters Tuesday that although attacks against his troops have increased, the insurgents know "that from a military point of view, they can't defeat us."