Three months into the new U.S. military strategy that has sent tens of thousands of additional troops into Iraq, overall levels of violence in the country have not decreased, as attacks have shifted away from Baghdad and Anbar, where American forces are concentrated, only to rise in most other provinces, according to a Pentagon report released yesterday.
Who would have thunk it --- guerrillas and insurgents following the basic rules of guerrilla warfare. When the enemy concentrates, go elsewhere and avoid getting smushed. Shocking!
Furthermore, the counterinsurgent forces do not have the initiative as shown yesterday. The dropping of the two minarets in Samarra are provoking a second round of sectarian retaliation.
Two Sunni mosques were bombed in Iraq on Thursday in apparent reprisal for an attack on a revered Shiite shrine,....
at least six Sunni mosques have been attacked, including one in the capital.
Someone other than the United States can control the ebb and flow of violence and whomever those groups are know it.