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[casi] Loudspeakers blast out Wagner...

Blasting WAGNER from US loudspeakers?  Irony, or arrogance, or historical
ignorance.... or what..
RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) June 21- They rammed their vehicles into metal gates
to smash them open, rounded up Iraqi men from their homes at gunpoint and
wrote a code on their arms with marker pens.

Hundreds of U.S. soldiers from the First Battalion of the 124th Infantry
Regiment staged the raid in a suburb of Ramadi, 100 km (60 miles) west of
Baghdad, after sunrise on Saturday.

The raid on the homes of suspected guerrillas was part of a campaign to
stamp out mounting armed resistance to the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

Several soldiers on the raid were wounded by a grenade and came under
gunfire in the same district around 10 days earlier.

Some were clearly braced for trouble as they returned to the area, leaving
their base after a blast over loudspeakers of Wagner's rousing "Ride of the
Valkyries" -- a favorite with troops for its use in the Vietnam war film
"Apocalypse Now."

One unit of soldiers pulled half a dozen men from their homes as women
wailed in distress. The troops wrote a code in marker pen on each man's skin
and on confiscated possessions.

They removed a handful of weapons and a computer hard disk.  (.......)

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