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Iraq: from low level insurgency to? « Previous | |Next »
August 20, 2003

In the light of the bombing of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, which was the United Nations Headquarters in Iraq, this policy brief is timely. It can be read against a background of increasing numbers of Saudi Arabian Islamists crossing the border into Iraq in preparation for a jihad, or holy war. Abu Aardvark has good comments on this. And have a quick look at East WestNorthSouth Blog for the farce happening inside the Iraqi Governing Council. (scroll down to August 20)

The policy brief is written by Ahmed S. Hashim. It is called "The Sunni Insurgency In Iraq," and it is from the Middle East Institute. (Link courtesy of Juan Cole).The policy brief is well worth reading.

Hashmin describes the ongoing conflict as a "low-level, localized and decentralized insurgency". The insurgency as something more than acts of violence by regime supporters but is still something less than a classic guerilla war. It is a mode of resistance in which a diverse number of political groups engage in widespread acts of violence in order to disrupt and remove the U.S. presence in Iraq. The threat is the shift from a local insurgency to a war of national resistance.

The brief suggests that the US priority is the military one of rooting out the remnants of the former regime, rather than the reconstruction of the country or restoring minimal basic services. It is more concerned with strong force protection with heavily armored and mechanized units that step over the edge, than it is with peace-keeping and policing as initial steps to building a politically stable, democratic and reconstructed Iraq.

Meanwhile, back in the world of the media it's life as usual. Oh, and have a look at Elton Beard's wonderful Busy Busy Busy. It has lots of lovely ironic insights into things media, especially here

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 9:59 AM | | Comments (0)