APPOINTMENT IN SAMARRA

THE U.S. HAS A LOT OF WORK TO DO IF IT'S GOING TO TAKE BACK IRAQI cities held by insurgents. The job began last week, as 3,000 U.S. and 2,000 Iraqi troops stormed Samarra. In September talks with tribal groups there helped the U.S. begin to seat a city council. But the accord broke down, and the city slipped into rebel control. Baghdad bureau chief Michael Ware reports from Samarra, which is a tune-up battle for tougher strongholds like Fallujah.

THERE WERE A LOT OF NASTY places to be in Samarra last week after U.S. and Iraqi forces began their assault...