UK's special envoy in Baghdad Jeremy Greenstock said on 5 November that coalition forces in the country should expect months of assaults from militants in Iraq. '[The guerrillas] want to try and close Baghdad down and make it look as though Iraq can't work with coalition forces,' Greenstock told the UK daily The Times. Greenstock admitted that the situation in Iraq was still very dangerous, but said that he believed the operation was 'doable'. Greenstock said that London felt that Damascus and Riyadh were co-operating, but only in 'drips and drabs'. When asked if he thought that coalition would eventually capture former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, he said he was 'pretty confident', but that Hussain had over the years perfected that art of hiding in his own country.
Greenstock's comments were published hours before an attack took place near the town of Mahmudiya, killing one US soldier. Two other troops were wounded in the rocket-propelled grenade attack.