“Speaking a different language—but we’ve got the Phrasealator” by James Meek from

;Any fire on the marines has characteristically been met with overwhelming firepower in return, often involving artillery, air strikes by helicopters and the marines’ own F-18 fighters. While there are genuine attacks by Iraqi irregulars on marines’ convoys, it is impossible to verify whether all the “attacks” are genuine, and the light casualties and low loss of vehicles strongly suggest that some “ambushes” are simply civilians being shot at by jumpy marines.

Posted March 31, 2003

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