Monday, July 28, 2008

Enemies With Benefits

"Don't tell the pathetic non-serving members of the old media (and new media), but the surge wasn't wholly responsible for the drop in violence seen in Iraq over the last year. I have outlined the three main reasons violence has subsided, but one of the more important aspects is still largely misunderstood and mischaracterized by the punditry across the country.

The 'awakening group' movement first appeared in Anbar in late 2005 (or if you're John McCain, it started in a time warp before and after the surge) and has since grown to a large, lethal force that battles elements of al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Islamic State of Iraq. That is usually where the media narrative leaves you, insinuating that these groups are patriotic volunteers casting out the demons of al-Qaeda. What they don't mention is both the original motivations for these groups and their history of battling American soldiers. One of the latest to operate (and propped up by my unit in Diyala Province) is the 1920 Revolution Brigade. I covered their nationalist history a year ago, citing their name was a throwback to the 1920 revolution to oust British influence. So this group in particular didn't start in 2005, 2006 or even 2007, but in 2003 for one reason: to attack and kill Americans.

They got pretty good at it. While in Baghdad in late 2006 and early 2007, any group that we battled that wasn't Sadr's militia was likely the 1920s. Their most dramatic act?"

Army of Dude


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I looked at your three reasons and I actually believe there was a fourth reason.

The numbers of Iraq Army and Police had finally gotten to the level where they combined with coalition forces were sufficient to do clear and hold instead of playing whack a mole.

Granted their training was sparse as well as their armament, but as the violence toned down so did their loss rates and the battle hardening of them made them more effective as the effort moved forward.

12:04 AM  
Blogger madtom said...


Hey welcome to this blog, but your comment seems directed towards Alex the blogger at Army of Dude who is the author of the three reasons your responding too. You should follow the link and leave your comment there so Alex will see it.

Otherwise enjoy your tour here and we appreciate your comments.

12:39 AM  

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