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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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Interesting Turn

By lex, on March 17th, 2010

For the Fallujah SEALs **:

The case against a Navy SEAL accused of not protecting an alleged Iraqi terrorist took a major turn Friday when a military judge ordered that five key defense witnesses be granted immunity to testify on his behalf…

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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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Caught

By lex, on June 7th, 2010

A 22-year old army intelligence specialist has been arrested in Baghdad for leaking highly classified material to a former hacker, according to Wired:

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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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