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By the numbers

By lex, on June 2nd, 2008

As promised in their political campaign last year, Oz packs it for combat forces ashore, taking 550 diggers – men you’d want alongside in a fight – along with. We’ll miss ‘em:

Australian troops ended their main combat mission in Iraq on Sunday, handing over their responsibilities in southern Iraq to U.S. forces.

An estimated 550 Australian troops, who served in a training and backup role to Iraqi forces in the provinces of Dhi Qar and Muthanna, made the transfer in a ceremony at Camp Talil outside Nasiriya, said Capt. Chris Ford, a British military spokesman in southern Iraq.

In the Af, a 44-year old British brigadier claims 7000 Taliban heads over the last two years, along with a great many senior leadership in recent months:

The new “precise, surgical” tactics have killed scores of insurgent leaders and made it extremely difficult for Pakistan-based Taliban leaders to prosecute the campaign, according to Brig Mark Carleton-Smith.

In the past two years an estimated 7,000 Taliban have been killed, the majority in southern and eastern Afghanistan. But it is the “very effective targeted decapitation operations” that have removed “several echelons of commanders”.

Some of those strikes were executed by SOF, including the SBS raid on Mullah Dadullah. Others have been executed by the Brits using American-made MQ-9 Reapers. Hundreds of which occupy the airspace over Iraq and Afghanistan over the course of a day.

We may or may not be able to win the war on terror just by killing bad guys. From Tom Rick’s Inbox (WaPo):

The numbers here, sent to me at my request by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq, pretty much speak for themselves. This chart shows a major improvement in the safety of driving around Iraq with the U.S. Army. In January 2007, about 1 in 5 convoys in Iraq was attacked. By the end of last year, that ratio had fallen to 1 in 33. By April, it was just 1 in 100…

Al-Qaeda in Iraq ** has come under severe and prolonged attack over the last 12 months, with many of its leaders killed or captured. Finally, the redeployment of U.S. troops out into the Iraqi population, along with a rise in the quality of Iraqi forces, has helped produce better intelligence on the people carrying out roadside bombings.

It’s a good start.

** 08-21-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.

 

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Call Him John

By lex, on July 5th, 2011

An AP report on the man who hunted Osama bin Laden ** through eight years and three CIA directors:

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Cross-Border Violence

By lex, on June 3rd, 2011

In a “chickens home to roost” event, a large number of Taliban militants crossed from Afghanistan into Pakistan to engage in a firefight with local security forces, leaving at least 28 of the latter dead:

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Once Proud

By lex, on May 21st, 2011

Absence makes the heart grow fond in Iraq, where some citizens – including Shiites who were ruthlessly tyrannized under the ancien regime – are starting to miss Saddam Hussein:

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Curious Choice

By lex, on May 7th, 2011

Amidst these discussions by Pakistani authorities over what to do with the house where Osama bin Laden spent his dying days, there was this little snippet:

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Coincidence?

By lex, on May 6th, 2011

Perhaps even more important than settling a score with America’s most wanted terrorist was the exploitation of his bungalow:

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The Compound

By lex, on May 5th, 2011

The White House is going silent on the net about the dramatic mission to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, cross threaded at having to substantially change the story about how and why he was shot after the initial fog of war lifted. The administration also backed water on publishing photographs of his bloody corpse – a good call, in my humble: Those inclined towards conspiracy theories will cry “photoshop!” anyway, and there’s no reason to give the perpetually aggrieved set another bloody shirt to wave.

With that in mind, the Sandy Eggo Union Tribune is carrying an AP wire story that releases about as much detail as we’re likely to get:

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