Iraq: Al Qaeda’s Quagmire

BY Herschel Smith
9 years, 5 months ago

After the turning of the tribes in Ramadi and the military defeat of the insurgents in Fallujah, coalition attention could be fully turned on al Qaeda with actionable intelligence.  The tempo of intelligence-driven operations is steady and effective.

  • On October 6, 2007,  Coalition forces killed two terrorists, captured one wanted individual and detained another six suspects during two coordinated operations near Samarra. The wanted individual is believed to be an associate of several Syrian-based network leaders that support the flow of foreign terrorists. As Coalition forces approached the target area, they observed one individual jump from the roof of a building, attempting to evade capture. The ground force engaged the fleeing terrorist, killing him. As the ground force entered the building, they discovered an armed terrorist and, responding in self-defense, killed the armed man. In addition to the wanted individual, Coalition forces detained five suspected terrorists on site. Also in Samarra, intelligence reports led Coalition forces to an area alleged to be a terrorist safe haven; one suspected terrorist was detained.  Coalition forces captured two wanted individuals and four suspected terrorists during coordinated operations in Kirkuk. During one operation, Coalition forces captured an al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leader believed to be involved in foreign terrorist facilitation in the al-Tamim province and detained four additional suspects. Nearby, the ground force captured the alleged leader of the al-Qaeda in Iraq media network in Kirkuk. The suspect is believed to have numerous ties to senior leaders operating in the province.
  • On October 6 & 7, 2007, operations against al Qaeda were conducted in the central and Northern parts of Iraq.  Coalition forces conducted an operation in Mosul targeting an associate of al-Qaeda in Iraq believed to be responsible for fuel distribution to the city’s terrorist network.  In Baghdad, Coalition forces captured a wanted individual reported to be involved in the planning and execution of numerous attacks against Iraqi civilians and security forces. The individual also has close ties to al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leaders operating a car-bombing network throughout Baghdad.  In an operation in Tikrit, Coalition forces targeted an associate of al-Qaeda in Iraq believed to be involved in kidnapping operations, weapons facilitation and the development of improvised explosive devices. The ground force detained five suspected terrorists on site without incident.  West of Samarra Saturday, Coalition forces conducted a precision operation targeting an associate of an al-Qaeda in Iraq leader involved in foreign terrorist facilitation in the Tigris River Valley. Time-sensitive intelligence led the ground force to a location where two suspected terrorists were detained.
  • On October 8, 2007, Iraqi Special Operations Forces conducted an early-morning raid to detain an al Qaeda in Iraq Amir for the Arab Jabour area who is suspected of being involved in small-arms fire, deeply buried and vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attacks, as well as extra-judicial killings.

Groups of so-called security volunteers or concerned citizens are developing throughout central, Western and Northern Iraq, having significant successes against terrorist operations.

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fumento
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Remember your history. During the Tet COUNTER-offensive in 1968, we destroyed the Viet Cong as an institution. Nevertheless: 1) Walter Cronkite went there and came back declaring we couldn’t win and 2), the North Vietnamese simply took over the VC.

NOW, if you want to say AQI was perhaps the worst terrorist group in Iraq so good riddance there, I’d agree. But the terror and the fighting would go on without them.

Finally (I think) it could be argued that at least without AQI, AQ generally can’t use Iraq as a launch point. I think that’s probably the best thing to come of this in the long run. (Short run, we’re indeed seeing a lot less violence in Anbar.) Unfortunately, so long as they have safe haven in western Pakistan I’m not sure how much safe havens anywhere else, including Afghanistan, count.

jagcap
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In other words, Andrew Sullivan’s flypaper theory was correct… too bad he lacked the guts to hold to his position.

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rlaycock
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To: Jagcap

Actually Andrew borrowed that theory from David Warren.
http://www.davidwarrenonline.com/index.php?id=237

If I recall (I actually read The Daily Dish back then) Andrew did properly link to Warren’s column.

It finally does appear to be working now that the proper command is in place..

R.

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