Iraq


As al-Qaeda is steadily destroyed and the Sunni Insurgency cooperates with the Americans, the Shia Tribes are turning on the militias.

The Sahwat continues.
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“All the tribes agreed to fight al Qaeda until the last child in Anbar” – Ahmed Abu Risha.

National Security Strategy (from Small Wars Journal)

Strategic overwatch sounds like the US will continue fighting in Iraq for 5 years, but it’s much nicer than what civilians think.
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Can I ask why Admiral William Fallon is in charge of CENTCOM? Alright, before I put on the uniform I want to say this while I’m still allowed to – why the fuck is this arrogant incompetent sailor in charge of land-wars? Sorry for the french.

Fallon is strongly committed to losing strategies and anyone who disagrees with him is a “chickenshit.” We got another Rumsfeld asshole in charge. My respect for Gen. Petraeus just shot up even more.

The US has disaggregated the Jaish al-Mahdi by separating the Iranian-backed “Special Groups”, the criminal mafias, and the “Noble” JAM loyal to Sadr. Sadr called for a six month ceasefire and suspension of JAM activity while he reorganizes the militia.

The US is opening negotiations with the “Noble” Jaish al-Mahdi. The idea is to temper the extremists by dividing and negotiating. This method shows JAM supporters that the “moderates” get results through diplomacy and politics while the violent factions get a bullet in the head.

I believe the gravest mistake in Iraq was to ignite a Jacobin revolution in the name of democracy. At worst, it sparks a violent terror to rapidly restructure society, and at best it leaves behind an unstable Illiberal Democracy.
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