Wednesday, September 29, 2004


More Analysis of NYT Fogging the War

From Regum Crucis:

Let's take this article piece-by-piece:
Over the past 30 days, more than 2,300 attacks by insurgents have been directed against civilians and military targets in Iraq, in a pattern that sprawls over nearly every major population center outside the Kurdish north, according to comprehensive data compiled by a private security company with access to military intelligence reports and its own network of Iraqi informants.

That sounds quite alarmist, no? Yet there is a great deal of information that isn't contained here, such as the number of American or Iraqi troops or civilians killed in these attacks, which isn't anywhere near 2,300. Most of these attacks are IEDs, rocket, and mortar attacks that are as much designed to harass the occupying force as they are to kill them. The Taliban, al-Qaeda, and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hizb-e-Islami have been doing much the same in Afghanistan in terms of the number of attacks - the Center for Defense Information has a pretty good break-down of the most recent fighting in Afghanistan and if you applied the same methodology there that the Special Operations Consulting-Security Management Group Incorporated is here you'd pretty much come up with the same statistics, the primary difference in Iraq is unlike in Afghanistan you're seeing these types of harassment strikes launched in concert with guerrilla and mass casualty terrorist attacks that none of those 3 parties are able to carry out in Afghanistan for a number of reasons.

There's a lot more. Read it.

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