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Even FOX Seems to Have Doubts About "Mission Accomplished" in Fallujah

Reported by Ellen - November 14, 2004 -

From the AP Story on FOXNews.com called "Officer: Fallujah 'Occupied but Not Subdued.'

"Iraqi officials declared the operation to free Fallujah of militants was "accomplished" but acknowledged the two most wanted figures in the city — Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Sheik Abdullah al-Janabi — had escaped. U.S. officers said, however, that resistance had not been entirely subdued and that it still could take several days of fighting to clear the final pockets."

It seems there are quite a few "pockets" elsewhere, not including the escaped al-Zarqawi and Sheik Abdullah al-Janabi.

"Rebel attacks elsewhere — especially in the northern city of Mosul — have forced the Americans to shift troops away from Fallujah."

There was a bombing that killed two Marines on the outskirts of Fallujah.

"Military activity also surged along the Euphrates River valley well to the north and west of Baghdad, with clashes reported in Qaim on the Syrian border and in Hit and Ramadi, nearer to the capital."

"Thunderous explosions rocked central Baghdad" Saturday and sirens wailed through the Green Zone, which houses Iraqi government offices and the US Embassy.

"A car bomb exploded on the main road to Baghdad airport, and there was fighting near the Education Ministry in the heart of the capital."

Insurgents attacked a military base outside Baghdad, killing one coalition soldier and wounding three others.

There were clashes in the Abu Ghraib suburb of Baghdad that killed four people and wounded 29 on Saturday.

"One Iraqi was killed and 10 wounded in fighting between U.S. troops and insurgents in the northern city of Tal Afar."

Saboteurs attacked an oil pipeline north of Baghdad Saturday night.

"Insurgents have virtually controlled the town of Taji for the last several days."

"Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said he expected the operation in Fallujah to conclude by Sunday with a 'clear-cut' victory over the insurgents and the terrorists."

But "U.S. commanders have warned that the insurgency in Iraq will continue."

Can you say "quagmire?" Apparently, FOX can't, but the picture is pretty clear.