3.12.04

Carretera prohibida

Ya no controlan ni la carretera del aeropuerto de Bagdad. La embajada de EEUU ha prohibido a sus funcionarios que utilicen esta vía para viajar desde el centro de la ciudad hasta el aeropuerto. La embajada británica tomó la misma decisión hace unos días. Las emboscadas y atentados suicidas han convertido ese recorrido en uno de los más peligrosos del país.

U.S. forces have tried a number of security measures over the past year, only to see insurgents adjust their tactics and pose fresh threats to traffic.

"The enemy started last autumn with small-arms fire," said a U.S. general involved in the issue. "Our counter was to use armored vehicles and set up checkpoints. They countered with roadside bombs. We countered with sweeps, which have been very effective.

"Now their counter is suicide vehicle bombers, which began about two months ago. That's a tougher thing to counter, because they're using regular cars with well-concealed explosives that can blow at any time."

Mil soldados se dedican proteger un trayecto de 15 kilómetros. Una media de un soldado cada 15 metros de carretera. No han sido suficientes.