Sunday, January 14, 2007

Will the surge work?

US troops patrolling in Adhamiya, Iraq, December 2006 (Photo: United States DoD)

The prospects of President Bush's troop surge in Iraq are set out in a wideranging, excellent article by Jon Swain and Sarah Baxter in the Sunday Times. The aim is to concentrate US forces to try to deprive the insurgents freedom of movement within the Iraqi capital, much in the way that the guerrilla warfare expert TE Lawrence advocated. The Iraqis, rightly apprehensive, expect a bloodbath.

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