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What Happened to the Fallujah Effect?

Reported by Ellen - December 3, 2004

Yesterday, I posted about Bret Baier's report that the Iraq town of Ramadi had been "quieted" due to the "Fallujah effect." Today, there's a new video report on FOXNews.com called "Dangerous Route" that relays a different story. Subtitled "U.S. soldiers ride in heavily armored vehicles to get around in Ramadi," it features reporter Steve Harrigan, outfitted in a helmet and goggles, riding along with the troops in a "7 ton" while he relates in loving detail all the features of the armored truck used in the "fight against terrorists."

For example, he tells us, some of the trucks are named and some have inscriptions such as RPG which means that it has been hit by an RPG. What an RPG is, I haven't the faintest idea but I know it has to be something strong (perhaps from those 300+ tons of missing ammo?) because Harrigan tells us that this 7 Ton has been "hit and hit hard but is still going strong."

Harrigan also tells us that the truck is strong enough to withstand a suicide car bomb, then shows us the layers of armor, sandbags and armor, behind which the soldiers are crouched with rifles. Meanwhile, Harrigan is standing in the truck, looking very much like someone playing soldier in his helmet and goggles, but standing up like an easy target.

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