Saturday, February 18, 2006

Troops Honed in '03 Fighting a Different War in Iraq

Ricks has been doing a great job of reporting for the WaPo.

BAGHDAD -- During his first tour in Iraq two years ago, recalled Army Sgt. James Eyler, "the mindset of the whole unit was, if they pose a threat at all, shoot to kill." Back then, "we didn't trust any Iraqis," he added...--snip--Said another machine gunner, Sgt. James Russell: "It's a lot less brute force and a lot more hearts-and-minds now."

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