Politics at War Military Operations and Electoral Politics in Iraq and Afghanistan

46 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2014

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

In 2004 the insurgency in Iraq continued to gain steam. Fighters in Mosul and Fallujah had all but pushed out U.S. and Coalition forces from the cities and had gained control of the streets, mosques, and population. The U.S. had attempted to displace Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) insurgents from their stronghold in Fallujah in April, but despite the initial clearing effort, they had not been able to maintain control and both cities were now hotbeds and fortresses for insurgent activity. It was common knowledge amongst the military that in order to gain any traction in Anbar and Ninewa these cities must be retaken – the only question was when and with how many forces (Ricks 2006, 345).

Suggested Citation

Lee Lindsay, Carrie, Politics at War Military Operations and Electoral Politics in Iraq and Afghanistan (2014). APSA 2014 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2453599

Carrie Lee Lindsay (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

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