Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Les Americains Ne Sont Pas Completement Fous.

The French Army has published its updated counter-insurgency manual, which is worth reading through. As a country which was not part of the Coalition of the Willing in Iraq, France has something of a 3rd-party perspective on the surge and the Sunni Awakening (France does have troops in Afghanistan, one of whom was killed yesterday in an IED attack outside Kabul). Israel should pay close attention to the fact that even a country openly opposed to the War in Iraq and not thrilled about Afghanistan invented understands modern population-centric counterinsurgency.

True to form, while the Americans call it a "COP network," the French refer to it by the classy term "quadrillage."

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