Daily Archives: March 17, 2006

Atta Boys for Iraq Strategy from an Unlikely Source

The Washington Post. “Fighting Smarter in Iraq”

BAGHDAD — Three years on, the U.S. military is finally becoming adept at fighting a counterinsurgency war in Iraq. Sadly, these are precisely the skills that should have been mastered before America launched its invasion in March 2003. It may prove one of the costliest lessons in the history of modern warfare.
I had a chance to see the new counterinsurgency doctrine in practice here this week. U.S. troops are handing off to the Iraqi army a growing share of the security burden. As the Iraqis step up, the Americans are stepping back into a training and advisory role. This is the way it should have happened from the beginning.

Tensions eased after an Iraqi brigade commander, a Shiite, rolled his armored vehicles into the Sunni stronghold of Tarmiya and told local imams that his men would protect their mosques against Shiite attacks — and that in return, they must control Sunni militants. “He laid down the law,” remembers Col. Jim Pasquarette, who commands U.S. forces in the area. The crisis gradually eased there, with U.S. forces mostly remaining in the background.
“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Pasquarette says of the new rules of counterinsurgency. “In the old days, it was black and white — see a guy and shoot him. But counterinsurgency is a thinking man’s sport. Every decision you make, you have to step back and say, ‘What’s the next thing that’s going to happen?’ ” He says he drills his troops to remember the “three P’s” of the new Iraqi battlefield: “be polite, be professional, be prepared to kill.”

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UPDATE ON CAPTURED DOCUMENTS IN IRAQ

More information on “The Connection.”
Prove the Connection? What’s left to prove, anyway? Here’s a wrap up from wnd about the latest connections found in Saddam’s docs, some of which have been published on the internet (thanks to the President of the United States). Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard on the number of documents already released. And a previous piece in the Standard. Here’s ABC News’ take on some of the documents released.

“Osama bin Laden and the Taliban”
Document dated Sept.
15, 2001
An Iraqi intelligence service document saying that their Afghani
informant, who’s only identified by a number, told them that the Afghani Consul
Ahmed Dahastani claimed the following in front of him:
That OBL and the
Taliban are in contact with Iraq and that a group of Taliban and bin Laden group
members visited Iraq. That the U.S. has proof the Iraqi government and “bin
Laden’s group” agreed to cooperate to attack targets inside America. That in
case the Taliban and bin Laden’s group turn out to be involved in “these
destructive operations,” the U.S. may strike Iraq and Afghanistan. That the
Afghani consul heard about the issue of Iraq’s relationship with “bin Laden’s
group” while he was in Iran.


“Al Qaeda Presence in Iraq”
Document dated August 2002

A number of correspondences to check rumors
that some members of al Qaeda
organization have entered Iraq. Three letters
say this information cannot be
confirmed. The letter on page seven, however,
says that information coming from
“a trustworthy source” indicates that
subjects who are interested in dealing
with al Qaeda are in Iraq and have
several passports.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Atta Boys for Iraq Strategy from an Unlikely Source

The Washington Post. “Fighting Smarter in Iraq”

BAGHDAD — Three years on, the U.S. military is finally becoming adept at fighting a counterinsurgency war in Iraq. Sadly, these are precisely the skills that should have been mastered before America launched its invasion in March 2003. It may prove one of the costliest lessons in the history of modern warfare.
I had a chance to see the new counterinsurgency doctrine in practice here this week. U.S. troops are handing off to the Iraqi army a growing share of the security burden. As the Iraqis step up, the Americans are stepping back into a training and advisory role. This is the way it should have happened from the beginning.

Tensions eased after an Iraqi brigade commander, a Shiite, rolled his armored vehicles into the Sunni stronghold of Tarmiya and told local imams that his men would protect their mosques against Shiite attacks — and that in return, they must control Sunni militants. “He laid down the law,” remembers Col. Jim Pasquarette, who commands U.S. forces in the area. The crisis gradually eased there, with U.S. forces mostly remaining in the background.
“This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Pasquarette says of the new rules of counterinsurgency. “In the old days, it was black and white — see a guy and shoot him. But counterinsurgency is a thinking man’s sport. Every decision you make, you have to step back and say, ‘What’s the next thing that’s going to happen?’ ” He says he drills his troops to remember the “three P’s” of the new Iraqi battlefield: “be polite, be professional, be prepared to kill.”

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

UPDATE ON CAPTURED DOCUMENTS IN IRAQ

More information on “The Connection.”
Prove the Connection? What’s left to prove, anyway? Here’s a wrap up from wnd about the latest connections found in Saddam’s docs, some of which have been published on the internet (thanks to the President of the United States). Stephen Hayes of the Weekly Standard on the number of documents already released. And a previous piece in the Standard. Here’s ABC News’ take on some of the documents released.

“Osama bin Laden and the Taliban”
Document dated Sept.
15, 2001
An Iraqi intelligence service document saying that their Afghani
informant, who’s only identified by a number, told them that the Afghani Consul
Ahmed Dahastani claimed the following in front of him:
That OBL and the
Taliban are in contact with Iraq and that a group of Taliban and bin Laden group
members visited Iraq. That the U.S. has proof the Iraqi government and “bin
Laden’s group” agreed to cooperate to attack targets inside America. That in
case the Taliban and bin Laden’s group turn out to be involved in “these
destructive operations,” the U.S. may strike Iraq and Afghanistan. That the
Afghani consul heard about the issue of Iraq’s relationship with “bin Laden’s
group” while he was in Iran.


“Al Qaeda Presence in Iraq”
Document dated August 2002

A number of correspondences to check rumors
that some members of al Qaeda
organization have entered Iraq. Three letters
say this information cannot be
confirmed. The letter on page seven, however,
says that information coming from
“a trustworthy source” indicates that
subjects who are interested in dealing
with al Qaeda are in Iraq and have
several passports.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com