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1/10/2005

Embedded American Troops and Terror Squads

As Newsweek reported, our government is unsurprisingly contemplating a strategy of terror squads to cow the Iraqi public, dubbed the "Salvador option," after our Reagan era Central American adventures.

Following that model, one Pentagon proposal would send Special Forces teams to advise, support and possibly train Iraqi squads, most likely hand-picked Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Shiite militiamen, to target Sunni insurgents and their sympathizers, even across the border into Syria, according to military insiders familiar with the discussions. It remains unclear, however, whether this would be a policy of assassination or so-called "snatch" operations, in which the targets are sent to secret facilities for interrogation. The current thinking is that while U.S. Special Forces would lead operations in, say, Syria, activities inside Iraq itself would be carried out by Iraqi paramilitaries, officials tell NEWSWEEK.
If I had to guess, the Newsweek scoop is a bit outdated - last week the NYT reported that "Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top commander in Iraq, is reviewing a proposal to add hundreds of American military advisers to work directly with Iraqi units..." Has the decision to move forward with terror squads already been made?

 

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