Allawi: Major military action in Falluja imminent

November 1st, 2004  
Duty Honor Country

Topic: Allawi: Major military action in Falluja imminent

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said Sunday that he was getting closer to authorizing major military action against insurgents in the restive city of Falluja, in Anbar province west of Baghdad.

U.S.-led coalition forces have not been able to gain control of the city in the so-called "Sunni Triangle" in the 18 months since they invaded Iraq.

"We have now entered the final phase of attempts to solve Falluja without a major military confrontation," Allawi said. "I hope we can achieve this, but if we cannot, I have no choice but to secure a military solution. I will do so with a heavy heart, for even with the most careful plan, there will be some loss of innocent lives."

Allawi, a former exile once backed by the CIA, said that "the window of such peaceful settlement is closing" for the insurgents...


Is this for real? Are we actually going to finnish the job or let the insurgents go free just as we are about to kick their butts only to deal this them a month later?