Sunday, February 18, 2007

Baghdad Security Plan Making Good Progress

The Joint Iraq-U.S. Baghdad Security Plan is Working After The Initial 2 or 3 Days

Violence has reportedly decreased in Baghdad as more coalition troops have moved in.

However, can the plan work long term? I have my doubts. Even Iraqi officials have acknowledged that armed groups are laying low for now, waiting for the opportunity to continue fighting. Many of the militant leaders and fighters have left Baghdad to find other bases to operate from.

I believe that the violence in Iraq will unfortunately mutate. As more troops enter Baghdad, militants will go into other parts of Iraq, adjusting to the security situation like they have done since the start of the occupation. In fact, violence is already increasing in other parts of Iraq. A car bomb exploded in northern Iraq, killing 11 and injuring more than 60 people.

Another problem with the troop surge plan is that it will not be very effective in stopping car bombs and IED's (Improvised Explosive Devices), the weapons of choice for many of the militants fighting U.S. troops. No matter how many U.S. troops are put on the street, it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to stop these kinds of attacks.

2 car bombs have exploded in Baghdad this morning (as I type this entry), killing dozens of people, and injuring many more. Unfortunately, it looks like the decrease in the killing may have been temporary.

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