With The Troops: Chaos at Both Ends of a Bridge

The road to central Baghdad lies across a partly blown iron bridge. The bridge is unable to support tanks, so the Marines will have to take it on foot, which will let them be the first U.S. forces to hold ground in the suburbs of Baghdad.

In the early-morning light of April 7, Lieut. Colonel Bryan P. McCoy is discussing the crossing and the anticipated fight in the southern suburbs of Baghdad with several of his commanding officers. A song is running through McCoy's head, the one that plays every time he goes into battle: The Girl from Ipanema. "I have...

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