Another senior officer added, "We have no intention of going door-to-door and house-to-house in a city of 5 million. It's unbelievably complex, with underground tunnels and bunkers everywhere. . . . If things go bad in a MOUT [military operations in urban terrain] environment, they go bad quickly."
Troops here have planned extensively for urban fighting even as they hope to avoid it. Some of the $ 30 million in supplementary special equipment purchased since December by the 101st, for example, has urban implications, if not the hint of a medieval siege: 162 battering rams, 486 grappling hooks, 81 folding assault ladders and 81 battle axes.
Rick Atkinson and Thomas E. Ricks, "Audacious Mission, Awesome Risks," The Washington Post, March 16, 2003
The mission remains part symbol, part substance. The troops train constantly in MOUT military operations in urban territory, practicing house-to-house fighting in mock-up buildings. But with 22 enemy divisions encircling them, the U.S. British and French contingents are primarily a tripwire force.
David S. Broder, "McCloy's Occupation," The Washington Post, July 5, 1981
shock and awe