It seems that the insurgents in Fallujah aren’t cooperating with the agreement to turn in their weapons:
Weapons turned in to Marines around Fallujah Thursday were old, rusted and some were completely unusable. The number and condition of weapons turned in paled in comparison to those that Marines are capturing from enemy forces. Captured weapons appear in good-working order, are clean, oiled and ready for combat.
Weapons turned in to the Marines were in small amounts. There were no large caches of weapons, which is a drastic contrast to the weapons and ammunition Marines and soldiers found in the vicinity of Fallujah earlier this week.
Six machine guns turned in were broken beyond repair as were two SA-7 missile launchers. Seven rocket-propelled grenade launchers were turned in, but some were inoperable. About 21 RPG projectiles were handed in and labeled inert.
One sniper rifle and one flamethrower were brought in; however, neither was in a condition to be fired. Another 113 mortar rounds were collected, but upon inspection, they were found to be corroded and rusted beyond military use.
Either the insurgents are out of working weapons, which would be difficult to explain to Marines taking fire, or someone is trying to be tricky. I’m losing any hope that I might have had, and it wasn’t much to begin with, that this negotiated peace might work out to be the right thing to do.
Maybe the insurgents in Fallujah are trying to buy time so they can launch another round of attacks if/when we move into Najaf? Could be the same thing in other places, too. Waiting for us to commit to fighting in Najaf, then try to jump us in other places? Another attempt at a Tet Offensive payoff in the American media? Just a thought.