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Situation Called Dire in West Iraq
Anbar Is Lost Politically, Marine Analyst Says
By Thomas E. Ricks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 11, 2006; A01
The chief of intelligence for the Marine Corps in Iraq recently filed an unusual
secret report concluding that the prospects for securing that country's western
Anbar province are dim and that there is almost nothing the U.S. military can do
to improve the political and social situation there, said several military
officers and intelligence officials familiar with its contents.
The officials described Col. Pete Devlin's classified assessment of the dire
state of Anbar as the first time that a senior U.S. military officer has filed
so negative a report from Iraq.
One Army officer summarized it as arguing that in Anbar province, "We haven't
been defeated militarily but we have been defeated politically -- and that's
where wars are won and lost."
The "very pessimistic" statement, as one Marine officer called it, was dated
Aug. 16 and sent to Washington shortly after that, and has been discussed across
the Pentagon and elsewhere in national security circles. "I don't know if it is
a shock wave, but it's made people uncomfortable," said a Defense Department
official who has read the report. Like others interviewed about the report, he
spoke on the condition that he not be identified by name because of the
Devlin reports that there are no functioning Iraqi government institutions in
Anbar, leaving a vacuum that has been filled by the insurgent group al-Qaeda in
Iraq, which has become the province's most significant political force, said the
Army officer, who has read the report. Another person familiar with the report
said it describes Anbar as beyond repair; a third said it concludes that the
United States has lost in Anbar.
Devlin offers a series of reasons for the situation, including a lack of U.S.
and Iraqi troops, a problem that has dogged commanders since the fall of Baghdad
more than three years ago, said people who have read it. These people said he
reported that not only are military operations facing a stalemate, unable to
extend and sustain security beyond the perimeters of their bases, but also local
governments in the province have collapsed and the weak central government has
almost no presence.
Those conclusions are striking because, even after four years of fighting an
unexpectedly difficult war in Iraq, the U.S. military has tended to maintain an
optimistic view: that its mission is difficult, but that progress is being made.
Although CIA station chiefs in Baghdad have filed negative classified reports
over the past several years, military intelligence officials have consistently
been more positive, both in public statements and in internal reports.
Devlin, as part of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) headquarters in
Iraq, has been stationed there since February, so his report isn't being
dismissed as the stunned assessment of a newly arrived officer. In addition, he
has the reputation of being one of the Marine Corps' best intelligence officers,
with a tendency to be careful and straightforward, said another Marine
intelligence officer. Hence, the report is being taken seriously as it is
examined inside the military establishment and also by some CIA officials.
Not everyone interviewed about the report agrees with its glum findings. The
Defense Department official, who worked in Iraq earlier this year, said his
sense is that Anbar province is going to be troubled as long as U.S. troops are
in Iraq. "Lawlessness is a way of life there," he said. As for the report, he
said, "It's one conclusion about one area. The conclusion on al Anbar doesn't
translate into a perspective on the entire country."
No one interviewed would quote from the report, citing its classification, and
The Washington Post was not shown a copy of it. But over the past three weeks,
Devlin's paper has been widely disseminated in military and intelligence
circles. It is provoking intense debate over the key finding that in Anbar, the
U.S. effort to clear and hold major cities and the upper Euphrates valley has
The report comes at an awkward time politically, just as a midterm election
campaign gets underway that promises to be in part a referendum on the Bush
administration's handling of the Iraq war. It also follows by just a few weeks
the testimony of Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, the top U.S. commander for the
Middle East, who told the Senate Armed Services Committee early last month that
"it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war."
"It's hard to be optimistic right now," said one Army general who has served in
Iraq. "There's a sort of critical mass of tough news," he said, with
intensifying violence from the insurgency and between Sunnis and Shiites, a lack
of effective Iraqi government and a growing concern that Iraq may be falling
"In the analytical world, there is a real pall of gloom descending," said
Jeffrey White, a former analyst of Middle Eastern militaries for the Defense
Intelligence Agency, who also had been told about the pessimistic Marine report.
Devlin, who is in Iraq, could not be reached to comment. Col. Jerry Renne, a
spokesman for the U.S. Central Command, said Saturday that "as a matter of
policy, we don't comment on classified documents."
Anbar is a key province; it encompasses Ramadi and Fallujah, which with Baghdad
pose the greatest challenge U.S. forces have faced in Iraq. It accounts for 30
percent of Iraq's land mass, encompassing the vast area from the capital to the
borders of Syria and Jordan, including much of the area that has come to be
known as the Sunni Triangle.
The insurgency arguably began there with fighting in Fallujah not long after
U.S. troops arrived in April 2003, and fighting has since continued.
Thirty-three U.S. military personnel died there in August -- 17 from the
Marines, 13 from the Army and three from the Navy.
A second general who has read the report warned that he thought it was accurate
as far as it went, but agreed with the defense official that Devlin's "dismal"
view may not have much applicability elsewhere in Iraq. The problems facing
Anbar are peculiar to that region, he and others argued.
But an Army officer in Iraq familiar with the report said he considers it
accurate. "It is best characterized as 'realistic,' " he said.
"From what I understand, it is very candid, very unvarnished," said retired
Marine Col. G. I. Wilson. "It says the emperor has no clothes."
One view of the report offered by some Marine officers is that it is a cry for
help from an area where fighting remains intense, yet which recently has been
neglected by top commanders and Bush administration officials as they focus on
bringing a sense of security to Baghdad. An Army unit of Stryker light armored
vehicles that had been slated to replace another unit in Anbar was sent to
reinforce operations in Baghdad, leaving commanders in the west scrambling to
move around other troops to fill the gap.
Devlin's report is a work of intelligence analysis, not of policy prescription,
so it does not try to suggest what, if anything, can be done to fix the
situation. It is not clear what the implications would be for U.S. forces if
Devlin's view is embraced by top commanders elsewhere in Iraq. U.S. officials
are wary of simply abandoning the Sunni parts of Iraq, for fear that they could
become havens for al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
One possible solution would be to try to turn over the province to Iraqi forces,
but that could increase the risk of a full-blown civil war. Shiite-dominated
forces might begin slaughtering Sunnis, while Sunni-dominated units might simply
begin acting independently of the central government.
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