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From an article at RealClearPolitics by LTC Skubal whi is an Army Historian assigned to the 75th Training Support Division in Houston, Texas. He was embedded with members of his division currently attached as advisors to the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq.

While languishing in prison under the Saddam regime, General Rasheed and his superior, General Adnon, formulated the idea of a commando style unit. The concept was simple. Groups of light vehicles, each loaded with commandos and mounting a machine gun, would surround hideouts of known terrorists and capture them through surprise and speed. Interrogation would be swift. The resulting intelligence would provide new names and new locations for new raids. And just like a nuclear chain reaction, the commando’s capture of terrorists and caches would grow exponentially with each passing hour and day. In Tallafar, two battalions of commandos from Colonel Abdul Salam’s 4th “Lightning” Brigade were chosen to test the concept as part of a major combat operation.

So how successful is this idea? Well it seems very successful.

the commandos shocked the mindset of conventional operations. They leapt from their unarmored gun trucks and raced from house to house with little regard for personal safety. They fired their weapons at any perceived threat. Their officers appeared to have some sixth sense in choosing which houses to enter. They chased suspects outside the area approved for the raid. The mounted machine gunners engaged targets just a few feet over the heads of their fellow commandos.

But out of this apparent chaos comes the brilliance of the idea. Despite the volume of fire during the raid, I still don’t know if any shots came from the insurgents. To them it must have sounded like all hell was breaking loose and heading their way. The pilot of a cavalry scout helicopter above exclaimed over the radio, “it looks like ants everywhere” as he watched the commandos flowing through the courtyards and gardens. Later a seasoned cavalry sergeant likened the commandos to “a swarm of killer bees.” In some houses we entered, we found the suspects cowering in dark rooms. Other houses contained evidence of insurgents fleeing in haste. There was something new going on here. Terror had gripped the terrorists.

And how do the population react when the trerrorists are driven form the neighbourhood? Not surprisingly with huge relief and celebration.

In another part of the city, a separate dismounted commando operation took place with another SPTT led by Major James Yount. To his surprise as they returned to their gun trucks, people were dancing in the street with the commandos. Some were shouting “there are two terrorists in that house over there.” Others cried out “mister, come see the room where the terrorists killed many people.” The crowd was jubilant. Iraqis were finally there to protect Iraqis. The commandos, dancing with the people, AK-47s held high, chanted the Arabic phrases familiar to our advisors, “leader, give us your orders and see what we can do” and “where are the terrorists now?”

These commandos are accomplishing something that has challenged the best efforts of conventional forces for some time – hope for the Iraqi people on the street and, something we have long wished on the terrorists – a taste of their own medicine.

 


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