Category Archives: Iraq

Morris of Arabia

Posted July 10th, 2007 by lex

 

An interesting article **  today in the LA Times laying out the efforts of an Army lieutenant colonel in Diyala province to bring local sheiks into the light in the same way that was done in the “Anbar Awakening” – a task complicated by Diyala’s more heterogenous population of Sunnis and Shia.

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Job Opportunity

By lex, on July 12th, 2011

The Castle’s BillT * has had quite a role mentoring the nascent Iraqi Air Force in fixed-wing trainers and fling-wing aircraft. The time has just about come for things to get serious (WSJ subscription required):

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Only So Much You Can Do

By lex, on May 29th, 2011

A company of the 1st Infantry Division stands athwart the simmering ethnic fault line of Kirkuk, providing training to an Iraqi army brigade as their mission winds down:

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Feeling It

By lex, on February 9th, 2011

SOCCOM’s Commander is saying that, after ten years of unbelievably high op tempo, the snake eaters are starting to feel the burn:

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Dealing with the devil

Posted by Lex, on August 29, 2006

Two years ago this August *, coalition ground troops wrested the Shi’a holy city of Najaf from Moqtada al Sadr’s mehdi army, a group of mostly Bagdhad-based thugs, louts and impoverished goons that had encamped there, threatening the clerical base of the more moderate Ayatollah Ali al Sistani. Sistani – the leading Shi’a cleric in Arabia – hewed to that sect’s tradition of separating the crerisy from mere political policy. Al Sadr, on the other hand, less invested than Sistani with theological street cred, used his revered father’s name to build a militia of his own out of human detritus of the Shi’a slums in eastern Baghdad, and sought to grasp his way to power through the barrel of a gun.

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Farce

By lex, on April 22nd, 2010

Well, that didn’t take very long:

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No Masri

By lex, on April 19th, 2010

Another job has just opened up in Mesopotamia. An executive position as it turns out:

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