Success or Failure? Iraq's Insurgency and Civil Violence and U.S. Strategy
July 9, 2007
The attached report contains a detailed analysis of the surge and recent developments of the ongoing insurgency and civil conflict in Iraq. Since the deployment of the troop “surge” in February, the insurgency has appeared to counter the various shifts in Coalition and Iraqi security measures. Beginning with the Baghdad security plan, which attempted to “clear, hold and build” Baghdad neighborhoods, U.S. strategy shifted in June to “Operation Phantom Thunder,” the largest coordinated offensive since March 2003. Tribal alliances were formed throughout the country were U.S. and Iraqi troops fought against al-Qa’ida, particularly in Anbar, Diyala, Maysan and Baghdad. The outcomes of these new military developments have been warned to be unpredictable, as the Iraqi government remains stalled on major political, social and economic issues.