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Sunday February 11,
As America’s troop surge
in Baghdad gathers force, Robert Gates, the defence secretary, is already
planning for failure
‘prepares for failure’ in Iraq surge
America’s troop surge in Baghdad gathers force, Robert Gates, the defence
secretary, is already planning for failure. If the battle for security in Iraq
does not succeed, he has told Congress he is prepared to move troops “out of
experts at the Pentagon are drawing up plans for a fresh change in strategy
should it be required. “I would be irresponsible if I weren’t thinking about
what the alternatives might be,” Gates said.
David Petraeus, the “warrior scholar” and expert on counter-insurgency, took up
command of his forces in Iraq yesterday as joint US-Iraqi security sweeps of
Sunni and Shi’ite neighbourhoods got under way.
stakes are high,” Petraeus said at yesterday’s handover ceremony. “The way ahead
will be hard but it is not hopeless. The mission is doable.”
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham last week described Petraeus as
“our last best chance as a military commander to bring about change on the
suicide car bombing in central Baghdad offered a swift reminder of the
challenges faced by US and Iraqi troops. A man driving a car rigged with
explosives detonated his bomb near a queue of shoppers outside a bakery
yesterday morning, killing five and wounding 10. Three American soldiers were
killed and four wounded in an explosion near Baqouba, northeast of Baghdad.
soldiers have been setting up new joint security stations or mini-forts, where
they will live around the clock with members of the Iraqi army and police.
According to Major-General William Caldwell, the US military
spokesman, 10 such stations are “up and running and there will be at least
double if not triple that number that will eventually be out there”.
already being called the Alamo after the Texan fort where US troops were
besieged by Mexican insurgents in 1836 (and were ultimately overwhelmed).
based in Iraqi police stations, others in fortified clusters of houses
surrounded by concrete barriers with room for parking tanks and Humvees. Most
lack running water and the troops use oil drums as lavatories. The windows are
blocked by sandbags.
on patrol attract roadside bombs with such regularity that US soldiers suspect
there are informants in their midst. Captain Ramiro Roldan from the 1st Cavalry
in east Baghdad said: “We can’t for sure say that all of the Iraqi elements on
the compound are completely on our side.”
troops bunk in separate rooms from the Iraqis but share cigarettes and try to
social-ise in the hope of building trust.
At a new
joint security station in Al-Doura, a mixed Sunni and Shi’ite trouble spot,
Sergeant Doug Maddi expressed confidence that, “when people see us together with
the Iraqi security forces, it’s a good thing, and as the word spreads through
the community that this is here, we’ll start to get calls on the tip lines”. Yet
securing Al-Doura was a key objective in last August’s battle for Baghdad, which
failed after a spluttering few months.
surge has got off to an equally uncertain start. Six American helicopters have
been downed in the last three weeks and the crackdown could not begin last
Monday because too few Iraqi troops turned up — the same problem that bedevilled
last summer’s push.
against Shi’ite militia leaders and Sunni insurgents have been taking place
across the city, but many rebels have gone to ground. Supporters of the Shi’ite
Mahdi army of Moqtada al-Sadr, the radical cleric, were warned last week by
Nasser al-Rubaie, the head of his parliamentary group, not to resist troops.
instructions are to melt away and disappear,” said a member of the Mahdi
Temporary checkpoints that have been set up across the city are
failing to quell the violence. In Yarmouk, a largely Sunni area, an eyewitness
saw two Iraqis in a minibus murdered within 30 metres of a check-point. “They
were stopped by three men in a white Nissan. They got out, shot the driver and
his passenger and injured a woman in the back. Nobody did anything about it,” he
one Iraqi brigade showed up for duty last week at only 55% or 60% of its full
strength. Gates told the Senate armed services committee last week that it was
not “good enough”. “We are hoping it [the surge] will succeed, planning for it
to succeed, allocating the resources for it to succeed,” Gates said, but he
added that troops could be moved “out of harm’s way” if it failed.
Frederick Kagan, a military historian and leading advocate of the
surge, said Gates may have been trying to soothe congressmen who have been
“boxing the administration around the ears for years for not having a Plan B”,
but he was unhappy that Gates was “starting to talk now about what to do if the
is not a persuasive middle ground between trying to win and being totally
defeated,” Kagan said. The Pentagon has not budgeted for the surge lasting
beyond the summer, on Gates’s advice.
Colleagues who served with Gates on the Iraq Study Group (ISG),
co-chaired by James Baker, believe he remains sympathetic to one of the group’s
main proposals — the withdrawal of all US combat troops by early 2008, leaving
behind only embedded trainers, special operations forces and a rapid reaction
Panetta, a member of the ISG, said Gates was “very concerned about what to do if
the Iraqis couldn’t get their act together”. Panetta added; “He is being a good
soldier and implementing what the president wants but he hasn’t lost sight of
Putin: America is fuelling worldwide
nuclear arms race
President Vladimir Putin of Russia launched a scathing attack on the
United States yesterday, accusing the Bush administration of encouraging a new
arms race that forces smaller nations such as Iran to develop nuclear weapons,
writes Imre Karacs.
at a security conference in Munich attended by Ali Larijani, Iran’s chief
nuclear negotiator, Putin said the US had “overstepped its national borders in
every way” by resorting to force that was “almost uncontained”.
very dangerous. Nobody feels secure any more because nobody can hide behind
international law,” Putin declared. “This is nourishing the arms race with the
desire of countries to get nuclear weapons.”
he did not single out any country, it was clear Putin was referring primarily to
Iran, whose president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, is today expected to announce a
breakthrough in its efforts to become a nuclear power.
beside an orchestra playing a specially commissioned “nuclear symphony” to mark
the 28th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, Ahmadinejad is expected to
report on progress in installing the first of 3,000 centrifuges at the Natanz
uranium enrichment plant. Enriched uranium from there could be used to generate
nuclear power, as Iran claims it wants to do, or to build nuclear bombs, which
the West fears is Tehran’s true intention.
believe the Iranian nuclear dossier is resolvable by negotiation,” Larijani