Friday, August 17, 2007

Retaking Sa'ad: Successful Counterinsurgency in Tal Afar

Link to fulltext of article published in the JUL/Aug issue of Armor magazine: Retaking Sa'ad: Successful Counterinsurgency in Tal Afar by MAJ Niel Smith

Article summary: "
The article discusses the campaign strategy employed by the U.S. Army Team Battle, 37th (2-37) Armor in a counter-insurgency in Tal Afar. The author explains that after taking over the place from Fox Troop, the unit had to ensure the mobility in alternate supply route, develop Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police capabilities, and defeat the insurgents in the area. After elaborating on the five-phase strategy, the author also provides an account of the lessons learned from the operations."

About the author: "
Major NIeI Smith is currently the operations officer, Army-Marine Counterinsurgency Center, Fort Leavenworth, KS. He received a B.B.A. from James Madison University. His military education includes Armor Officer Basic Course, Armor Captains Career Course, Airborne School, and Combined Arms and Services Staff School. He has served in various command and staff positions, to include assistant S3,1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Ramadi, Iraq; commander, Team Battle, 2d Battalion, 37th (2-37) Armor, Friedberg, Germany, and TaI Afar, lraq;S4, 2-37 Armor, Friedberg, Germany; AST commander, Camp Vitina, Kosovo; assistant S3 plans, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg; XO, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 25th Infantry Division (Light), Hawaii; and platoon leader, Apache Troop, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, Hawaii."

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