Iraq: Insurgents conducted at least 34 coordinated attacks in 16 cities 0n 25 August. The bombings and other attacks killed 77 people and wounded nearly 400 more. Baghdad experienced five attacks.
NIGHTWATCH Comment: The attacks showed the breadth of the insurgents’ operational area. They appear to be the work of a single group, apparently Sunni Arabs or secular Arabs.
The attacks also establish a baseline of the insurgents’ ability to coordinate attacks over space and time. This was not a trivial display of the capability to coordinate attacks over long distances. They appear to be a test of the feasibility of taking the next escalation step in the insurgency.
Some outside entity is funding a new, most likely Sunni Arab, insurgency and has afforded its leadership the command and control capability for today’s attacks. Look to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
Phi Beta Iota: Emphasis added above. The US Government (not America the Beautiful or the big-hearted American public) is called a “useful idiot” in most of the world precisely because it mixes hubris and naivete with vast amounts of money spent without a strategy and without accountability. It took too long to understand the Saudi funding behind the global spread of virulent Wahhabism, while the equivalent funding to the Bush family and others assured that at the political and policy level, our enemies the Saudis would remain conveniently and unethically our friends.
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