Tuesday, June 5, 2007

How is the Baghdad Surge Doing - Three Months In?

Not well. IHT

[An internal] American [military] assessment, completed in late May, found that American and Iraqi forces were able to "protect the population" and "maintain physical influence over" only 146 of the 457 Baghdad neighborhoods.

In the remaining 311 neighborhoods, troops have either not begun operations aimed at rooting out insurgents or still face "resistance," according to the one-page assessment, which was provided to The New York Times and summarized reports from brigade and battalion commanders in Baghdad.

At what point does accountability get factored into the occupation equation?


TomCat said...

Great minds, Ron. :-)

CHUQ said...

It is said that about 1/3 of Baghdad is secure. That is about the size of the Green Zone.

Ron said...

Good point, but the Green Zone ain't secure either. Emerald City denizens are now required to weak flak jackets and helmets.

TomCat said...

I strongly suspect that many of the areas that are "secure" are that way only because their resident militias are keeping them that way.

CHUQ said...

Ron, if we use the admin's definition of secure; we are doing well. If you use reality as a gauge; we suck!