Winning: To The Victor Goes The Traffic Jam


July 10, 2008: Iraqi motorists now have a very real sign of the recent defeat of local terrorists. In more and more parts of the country, drivers no longer have to pull off the road when a U.S. military convoy approaches. In a similar fashion to drivers, worldwide, pulling over when an emergency vehicle (fire truck or ambulance) approaches, the U.S. military instituted this rule early on, when terrorists began using roadside bomb, car bombs and ambushes against American convoys. The "pull over" rule gave the terrorists far fewer opportunities to attack successfully, but was a hassle for Iraqi drivers. It was often fatal for Iraqi drivers who refused to pull over and drove close to U.S. convoys looking, to American gunners, like a car bomber. But now U.S. commanders are confident enough about security in Iraq that many roads will now feature U.S. military vehicles stuck in traffic jams like everyone else.



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