Monday, September 17, 2007

Where's al-Qaeda's Tet Offensive?

Sept. 6: An Iraqi Sunni "volunteer" (former insurgents who have joined forces with US and Iraqi troops against Al-Qaeda in Iraq) holds a knife to the neck of a man in Hawra Haajab village who was detained for links to Al-Qaeda.David Furst - AFP/Getty Images


Last May, I warned of the possibility of a summer bloodbath in September, due to the widely advertised progress report by General Petraeus:
"We expect that al-Qaida and Iran will both attempt to increase the propaganda and increase the violence prior to Petraeus's report in September [when the US commander General David Petraeus will report to Congress on President George Bush's controversial, six-month security "surge" of 30,000 troop reinforcements],"
So what ever happened to that "Tet Offensive"? Dean Barnett and Jules Crittenden suggest the answers.

Simply put, they look to have tried during the holy month of Ramadan and in wake of General Petraeus' progress report to Congress, but have largely failed. With all the bad news going on for al-Qaeda, it sounds like they are so bogged down in a quagmire that launching a big "Tet Offensive" of their own has been taken off the table.

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3 Comments:

Blogger J_G said...

I think it's time to impeach the leaders for their failed policy in Iraq. The troops are bogged down in a quagmire and there is no plan to withdraw.

Somehow I can't imagine the al qaeda guys having that discussion. They just keep telling their guys to blow themselves up in the name of allah.

Monday, September 17, 2007 1:01:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

That's good news, Wordsmith. Let's hope it's true!

Monday, September 17, 2007 4:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you know something about Vietnam and I have traveled there in 2004,05, 06, and 07. is that Tet is to start today. and what ever you think of before this day is nothing because tet starts today. 7 Feb 2008.

Thursday, February 07, 2008 5:13:00 AM  

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