February 1, 2011
In what has now been named the largest military operation in the Alcovian Civil War, National Alcovian Army forces launched a massive strike against the west-most rebel stronghold in the Tovil Valley around the city of Bumrusk. Bumrusk is home to one of the largest military bases to join in with General Kusatya when he declared independence from the Alcovian monarchy and set over 30% of the nation's armed forces against its own government.
After almost two months of positioning and blockading, NAA forces were given the order to commence attacks with long-range assets when the commander of the Bumrusk Army Base refused to stand down and cease his resupply operations of smaller rebel units operating in the area. It has also been suggested, though nothing officially confirms it, that Bumrusk base has been supplying non-military rebel militias.
Helicopter and artillery strikes were unleashed in an unending assault, lasting from day break to dusk, designed mostly to demoralize rebel forces. Targets were intentionally limited to depots and support structures by direct command from the King who still maintains hopes to limit the bloodshed in the escalating conflict. Still, the inaccuracies of artillery and the proximity of some intended targets to structures to be spared has resulted in some reported 150 dead and an undisclosed number of injured.
Though the commander of the attacking NAA forces was not available to comment, it has been suggested that national forces commanders are blaming the APA for the elevated casualty count and not their own abilities. There is little, hover, to suggest that rebel commanders have changed the arrangement of the base since declaring their independence so any inaccuracies in long-range strikes can only be attributed to the men and equipment at their source.