Stratfor has pretty disturbing reporting about how the Iraqi military are all refusing to take any part in the Fallujah offensive.
Remember, this is no left-leaning outfit -- this is Stratfor.
Here is the excerpt from the subscription-only section:
quote:No Iraqi army or national guard unit fought in Al Fallujah, sources close to the Interim Iraqi Government (IIG) say. Iraqi national guard units reportedly have refused to attack guerrilla positions; their commanders have been unable to make soldiers move forward and some officers are siding with the troops. Only the Iraqi army's special forces unit, which is mostly Kurdish, helped search for hidden guerrillas behind U.S. Marine lines outside the city. Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers have deserted to bases around Al Fallujah, the sources added.
If no one in the Iraqi military will choose to fight with us against the insurgents in Fallujah, how can we have any confidence that the Iraqi security forces will be able to manage the country after the upcoming Iraqi elections?
We should so carve out Northern Iraq and make it Kurdistan. The only group of people in Iraq who have actually been helpful or useful are the Kurds.
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Ah, but Lewkowski, our fearless and knowledgeable leader has sworn not to do that.
The solution I favor is Peter Galbraith's - a very loose confederatrion, which will basically be a theocracy in the south, would be a developing democracy in the north, and hopefully a well contained, slowly improving mess in the middle.
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