Skip to comments.Al-Qaeda controls western Iraq: US intelligence report
Posted on 11/28/2006 9:11:30 AM PST by jmc1969
US forces can neither crush the insurgency in western Iraq nor counter the rising popularity of the Al-Qaeda terrorist network in the area, media reported, citing a secret Marine Corps intelligence report.
As of mid-November the problems remained the same, a senior US intelligence official told the Post. "The fundamental questions of lack of control, growth of the insurgency and criminality" remain the same, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
According to the report, "the social and political situation has deteriorated to a point" that US and Iraqi troops "are no longer capable of militarily defeating the insurgency in al-Anbar," the Post reported.
The secret report was written by Marine Colonel Peter Devlin, a senior military intelligence officer with the Marine Expeditionary Force in the region. According to the Post, it did not appear to have been shared with Iraq's military.
Iraq's Sunni population is "embroiled in a daily fight for survival," fears "pogroms" by the Shiite majority, and is increasingly dependent on Al-Qaeda in Iraq as its only hope against growing Iranian dominance in Baghdad, the report reads.
"From the Sunni perspective, their greatest fears have been realized: Iran controls Baghdad and Anbaris have been marginalized," says the report, according to the Post.
Barring an additional 15,000 to 20,000 US troops deployed to the region in addition to billions of dollars in aid, "there is nothing" US troops "can do to influence" the insurgency, the report reads.
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The only way to end what Zarqawi started is to destory the Madhi Army and send more troops to Anbar.
If I were a Sunni, I would be getting out of town....as it were.
Paging Mr. Gonzales: Who the HELL is the senior intelligence official yapping to the Washington Post?
Beullar? Buellar? Anyone????????
In this case it was most likely the Marines themselves, we have lost over a thousand US troops in Anbar and still we don't have nearly enough troops to do real damage to the insurgency there.
The general in charge of Anbar said as much last month. He said he had enough troops to train Iraqi troops not enough to damage the insurgency there.
It is necessary for the US to take a step back, redefine its objectives, and take effective action. IMHO that means overpowering the insurgency AND placing the severe threat of force on Syria and Iran. Until they know they are threatened, they will continue to bleed us to death. That's the way the region works.
Anything pessimistic gets leaked and everything positive gets buried.
If Al Qaeda controls Anbar, then destroy it utterly and completely. How simple can it get?
Isn't that 3rd hand?
Here is another report about the report:
True or not, the memo says, "from the Sunni perspective, their greatest fears have been realized: Iran controls Baghdad, and Anbaris have been marginalized." Moreover, most Sunnis now believe it would be unwise to count on or help U.S. forces because they are seen as likely to leave the country before imposing stability.
Kinda reads a little differently ;-)
al Qaeda better take a close look at the thread above then- Coalition forces are comming for them & they need to understand that theuir days ARE numbered! http://sacredscoop.com
Here is the Wash Post article:
It would be devoid of any life by now in a perfect world...but that's just me.
Destroy the Madhi Army and America becomes the protectors of the Sunnis and overnight al-Qaeda in Iraq would be gone.
The nations picked a hell of a time to go sh*t-a$$ crazy...
While theres sensical stuff in here, the above is just plain silly.
Well, then, take it back!!!
And the Western media as well. - Freeper Inteligence Report
Inteligence - Intelligence (not so smart for an intelligence agent. Rove will have my hide)
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