Friday, March 16, 2007

More Troops to Iraq?

General Petraeus may want another combat brigade in Iraq, upping the baseline numbers by 30,000 in total.
The top US commander in Iraq has requested another Army brigade, in addition to five already on the way, as part of the controversial "surge" of American troops designed to clamp down on sectarian violence and insurgent groups, senior Pentagon officials said yesterday. The appeal -- not yet made public -- by General David Petraeus for a combat aviation unit would involve between 2,500 and 3,000 more soldiers and dozens of transport helicopters and powerful gunships, said the Pentagon sources. That would bring the planned expansion of US forces to close to 30,000 troops.
Meanwhile, Bill Roggio follows the Battle of Diyala where Stryker units are very heavily engaged as al-Qaeda in Iraq attempts to strike back at the tribes which have switched to the US. "The up tick in violence in Diyala is also reflected by al Qaeda in Iraq's attempt to establish its rump Islamic State of Iraq, and the resistance from some local Sunni and Shia tribes."


Blogger Brother D-Day said...

I'd give the man what he asks for.

He is not a politician looking for re-election.

He is a general who is tasked with achieving victory.

3/16/2007 05:11:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

In the other main theater, the French have deployed 3 F2 Rafales to Dushanbe to support NATO ops in Afghanistan, and even more surprisingly, 3 more F2 standards on the DeGaulle, France's carrier which is coming up off Afghanistan for sea-launched ops for the same task. The F2's went through a crash-upgrade to carry the laser-guided Paveway bombs, and are working out the kinks with their 30-mm. cannon for "strafing runs to assist ground forces, particularly special operations units, because those are often is such close contact with Taliban forces that the use of bombs is deemed dangerous." !!! Did he say French fighters ... strafing ... in Afghanistan?

The Allied effort is heating up everywhere the Islamists show up to fight.

3/16/2007 06:01:00 PM  
Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

sounds like the powell doctrine is FINALLY kicking in...

3/16/2007 07:30:00 PM  
Blogger Tony said...

In another article in this week's AWST, about the UK forces in the GWoT called "Struggling with Tempo" we can see just how out of phase the American Democrats and MSM are with the rest of the civilized world.

Air Marshal Jock Stirrup, Britain's most senior military commander, is quoted as saying: "The question is whether the current pace of operations, the current tempo ... is likely to be sustained not just for three or four or five years, but for 10 or 15 years."

3/17/2007 06:02:00 AM  
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3/22/2007 03:27:00 AM  

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