14 September 2006
Anbar province set to fall
This blog reported a week ago that Anbar province had been virtually taken over by the Iraqi guerrillas and the Americans have now pretty much admitted that it has fallen from their control:
Marine Maj. Gen. Richard Zilmer spoke in response to a report from a senior Marine intelligence officer, Col. Peter Devlin, that said the political and security situation in Anbar had deteriorated so much that only more aid and another division of troops - about 10,000 to 15,000 - could turn things around. The Washington Post on Monday was the first to report on Devlin's confidential report, which was prepared in August.
Could the Americans be preparing to abandon the whole province to the Iraqi nationalists? If not, where are the extra troops going to come from? Certainly not from the rest of Iraq - as the report makes clear, they are stretched to the limit in the rest of the country as it is.