- Published: Tuesday, 19 February 2008 05:00
[Note: Dispatches this month will be in the RUBs condition: Raw Unedited and Barely Spellchecked before publishing. These dispatches are being written on the fly because I am on the ground, always on the move, gathering raw material and finishing Moment of Truth in Iraq.]
At Long Last, Justice
Mosul, Northern Iraq
21 February 2008
The fighting in Mosul, the capital of Nineveh Province, is likely to look much different than combat that has taken place elsewhere in Iraq. In Anbar Province, Baghdad and Baqubah, various amalgams of tribes, former insurgents and concerned citizens joined up with American and Iraqi forces and devastated al Qaeda. The forces arrayed against al Qaeda in those areas included heavy commitments from Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), without whom those missions would not have succeeded. But the bulk of the combat power and counterinsurgency adroitness came from the Americans, operating with the benefit of information flowing from civilian Iraqis.