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Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Iraq Hardcover – March 30, 2006
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"Ahmed Hashim is well-placed to study the Iraqi insurgents and their opponents. An American of Turkish-Eygptian origin, he is a professor at the Naval War College and was an advisor to the American authorities following Saddam Hussein's fall, both in Baghdad and in hotbeds of violence such as Tel Afar, near the Syrian border. His bleak appraisal may well be the most detailed analysis yet of the insurgency and America's efforts to squash it."―The Economist, 4 February 2006
"Hashim has written a much-needed assessment of the Iraqi insurgency. . . . His interviews and experience there, combined with his use of primary sources, have resulted in a compelling account of the socioeconomic factors that spur the insurgency as well as the problems, both political and strategic, that have fed its growth and hampered U.S. counterinsurgency efforts. Hashim has succeeded in putting together an analysis of the violent situation in Iraq that avoids ideological posturing."―John Russell, Library Journal, June 15, 2006
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With shorter overviews of the Shia and Kurdish insurgency, plus a review of Coalition counterinsurgency policy to late 2005, Hashim has produced a good review of what went wrong for the American's in Iraq prior to 2007.
Although the author's predictions on whether or not the Iraqis will be able to form an independent and strong nation-state is a little too much on the bleak side for me, he reflects the views that the world had at that time period when the sectarian strife was growing exponentially.
Overall, great book detailing the war during the pre-surge period. The author's extensive interaction with the local nationals is above reproach and gives the reader an excellent window into how the Iraqis reacted to the American invasion and the consequences of those actions.
Ahmed Hashim, an Arab American working for the Military, provides a thorough analysis of the situation. His analysis, insight, knowledge and overall understanding of the "high level picture" is impressive, and useful. He provides a picture of the occupation, and insurgency that I haven't found elsewhere, and creates dialogue in areas, up till now, unseen.
The book is also a good reference guide (albeit getting dated by 2007), on the various organizations, political groups and insurgency groups operating in Iraq.
My only knock on the book, was the American military "cheerleading". It wasn't required, and only detracts from the book. Some chapters are slightly disjointed, but overall it's still a great read.
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The Iraqi insurgency continues to bedevil U.S. plans for a new Iraq. Hashim, a professor at the Naval War College, seeks to address three interrelated issues: who the insurgents... Read morePublished on May 6, 2007 by Michael Rubin
although the book has many interesting anecdotes it is shocking in its bias in favor Sunni insurgents. Read morePublished on July 12, 2006 by Rasli