Briefs: IRAQI COUNTER-INSURGENCY TACTICS UNDER FIRE and more

The Osint Journal Review

 Briefs:Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 12

 

June 13, 2014 03:16 PM Age: 8 days By: Andrew McGregor

 

ISIS has recently taken Mosul, Iraq, causing Iraqi forces to abandon their posts, equipment and even uniforms. (Source: AFP)

 

IRAQI COUNTER-INSURGENCY TACTICS UNDER FIRE

 

Andrew McGregor

 

Ineffective military tactics may have caused more damage to relations between the Iraqi National Army (INA) and the disaffected Sunni population of northwestern Iraq than to the targeted Islamist militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

 

Prior to the abandonment of Mosul to ISIS forces, local Sunni politicians were calling on the government to avoid the use of indiscriminate bombing by mortars or warplanes in efforts to expel the Islamist insurgents. Citing heavy civilian losses as the result of such tactics, the local politicians urged a greater reliance on intelligence and cooperation with local…

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