Monthly Archives: August 2007

Iran’s complex game in Iraq.

Bringing the militias to heel is no easy task, considering that it’s not clear that the supposed leaders can even control their own fighters. On Wednesday a spokesman announced that Sadr was freezing his militia for six months to bring … Continue reading

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Who is Moqtada al-Sadr?

We ought not to let the comic opera aspects of Moqtada al-Sadr’s theatricality deceive us into thinking he is not important in Iraq.  I have listened to much learned  discussion of his immaturity, the "cloud" over his father’s credentials, the … Continue reading

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“Considering a War With Iran” SOAS

One of our readers asked me to look at this paper.  Having done so my opinion is that the authors  need to develop a healthy sense of skepticism when confronted with bureaucratic statements of intent with regard to desired capability. … Continue reading

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Basra – Last Hurrah for the Special Relationship?

"The British army is not on the"verge of collapse" – see pw. above.  The British army, like the American army at present, is incredibly stretched and subject to stress – falling recruitment levels, long tours of duty, wear and tear … Continue reading

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The British Withdrawal from Basra

"The US soldiers are expected to move south early next year, when Downing Street hopes to begin a scale down that will lead to a complete departure. Iraqi sources last night confirmed earlier reports that Britain would pull its remaining … Continue reading

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“Iraq Tribal Study – Al Anbar Governorate”

"Today, the support of Sunni tribal leaders against al-Qaeda in Iraq is hailed as one of the few successes from the U.S. troop increase this year. The Iraq Tribal Study provided a handbook on how to gain that support by … Continue reading

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John Warner – I hope he runs again..

Senator Warner was on MTP today.  Senator Warner knows that the present US force levels in Iraq are not sustainable.  He knows that the force must be heavily reduced next year.  There are a number of reasons for this but … Continue reading

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Anbar and Diyala – Bad news for AQinM

"Alleged al-Qaida fighters attacked a Sunni village east of Baqouba on Thursday and killed a village leader who had led the community in an uprising against the terrorist organization, witness and police said. At the same time Timim, a nearby … Continue reading

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Nuri al-Maliki, Time’s up?

"US President George W Bush has withheld support for embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, saying Iraqi voters could decide to replace him. "There’s a certain level of frustration with the leadership in general," Mr Bush said today, after two … Continue reading

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A recall of Tenet’s medal would be a good idea.

" "The agency and its officers did not discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner," the CIA Inspector General found. "They did not always work effectively and cooperatively," the report stated."  Shrader —————————————————————- And that’s the truth.  The CIA like … Continue reading

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