Since I’ve been back from Iraq (after a tour as commanding general of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq from June 2007 to July 2008), one of the questions I’m asked most often is: “What was the thing that made the surge work?”
On December 13, 2008, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addressed the 5th IISS Regional Security Summit in Bahrain. A transcript of both the remarks and the Q & A session is provided by IISS.
Our enemies are a complicated mix. We are fighting a global network of extremists, sometimes led by al Qaeda and other times fought by local groups who are only affiliated with or motivated by the al Qaeda ideology, or one like it.
Lessons from Lincoln: On Being a War Presidentby LTG James Dubik (ret.), AUSA Institute of Land Warfare, December 2008
September 10, 2008 - Transcript of testimonies given by Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen on the state of affairs in Afghanistan and Iraq.
COL Daniel Ball, Commander, Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Baghdad, Iraq, discusses the functions of a combat aviation brigade, the nature of enemy elements in his battle space and the progression of security operations in his area over the past six months.