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The Surge, the Shiites and Nation Building in Iraq

Posted by Reidar Visser on Thursday, 13 September 2007 21:36

For some time, analysts have been suggesting that the Bush administration’s “surge” strategy may have achieved a measure of success in certain parts of Iraq. Many highlight the tendency on the part of local tribes in the Sunni-dominated areas to stand up against al-Qaeda, in that way emphasizing their own “Iraqiness” as well as their unwillingness to join in an all-out war against Western civilization. The number of attacks against U.S. forces has declined in many of these areas, and there are signs that al-Qaeda has been forced to relocate to new areas and to choose new targets. However, perhaps the most convincing indicator of a degree of “surge” success is one that has gone largely unnoticed… Full story here.

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