Accession Number:

ADA415992

Title:

Why Attacking Terrorist Groups in Iraq Should be a Conflict-Termination Objective in the Coming War

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-02-03

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

If U.S. intervention in Iraq is necessary, terrorist groups operating there should be among the decisive points attacked, along with Saddams regime, the Iraqi military, weapons of mass destruction, SCUD missiles, and elements threatening the oil fields. Such groups as Ansar al-Islam, the Kurdish Workers Party, the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, and the Palestinian Liberation Front could otherwise serve as galvanizing elements for hostile groups opposing a U.S. presence or pro- Western regime. Taking on these terrorist groups before termination of hostilities could preserve freedom of action, shore up the fledgling Iraqi government, and potentially speed the redeployment of U.S. forces. Coalition forces should target the enemys critical vulnerabilities by denying their hold on territory, freedom of movement, access to resources and recruits, the survivability of forces, and command, control, communication, computers, and intelligence C4I. More than just joint or combined, these efforts would entail broad interagency coordination, with all tools of intelligence, diplomacy, law enforcement, economic policy and information - as well as military - are brought to bear.

Subject Categories:

  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE