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Grange: Troops 'on a high'

Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. David Grange
Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. David Grange

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(CNN) -- Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. David Grange, a CNN military analyst, discussed the mood of the U.S. and coalition forces as they made their first incursions into Iraq and what may be their primary objectives:

The forces that already crested the demilitarized zone are going to move up at least up to some type of key and immediate objective. It may be up by Nasiriya, one of the river crests and sites along the Euphrates.

We're still waiting to see what they're going to do with the 101st Airborne Division, if they haven't already done that. The troops are tired because they were anticipating the order to go and even though you try to sleep, usually, it's very restless, as you can imagine.

And so -- but they're on a high. They have an order to go. They feel they're on a moral high ground in this fight. And so they're just going to keep going until they get to a specific point to call a halt for another phase of the operation.

Retired Brig. Gen. David Grange served in the U.S. Army for 30 years. He last served as commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division, the "Big Red One." In that position, he served in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia. During his military career, Grange served as a Ranger and Green Beret. Grange is currently an executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation in Chicago. He is one of CNN's military analysts, along with retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark and retired Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd. Their briefings will appear daily on

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