Sunday, March 14, 2010

Egyptian Mujihadeen: Translators of renown. Will they tackle Zero Wing next?

From the Jawa Report we get this gem from some Egyptian Mujihadeen. They are apparently in bad shape and requesting aid from their brothers in Iraq:

This is a message from your brothers in Egypt in the Abu Za`bul District, after our situation is getting from bad to worse, we took the decision to write you this letter to ask you to support and help us and to declare a new expedition under the name "The expedition of the prisoners of Abu Za`bul" and we ask you to execute this operation against the Americans and their apostate allies so it will be a sign for the tyrants here in egypt that one day it will be their turn to cut their heads off and to taste them the taste of death

Masters of the English language these brothers of the Abu Za`bul District, eh? Get a load of that last sentence "one day it will be their turn to cut their heads off and to taste them the taste of death."

Huh? Are these guys going to cut their own heads off?

Seems they should have concluded something like this:

"You have no chance to survive make your time. Someone set up us the bomb."

I would not have been surprised at all..

Naturally the reply to all this is: "What you say!!"

Marines Fighting against COIN? Bad Headline.

This story in the WAPO details Marine counterinsurgency efforts in remote areas of Afghanistan, and rumblings about said efforts from some quarters, and praise from still others.

But the headline reads

"At Afghan outpost, Marines gone rogue or leading the fight against counterinsurgency?"

Read the three-pager, and it is clear that what is being discussed is not a fight against counterinsurgency, but an application of COIN in a way that puts greater emphasis on securing remote areas than large towns or cities.

The Marines obviously put great value on enlisting local authorities, and women in these remote locales, and have put great efforts into this. But, that is basic to COIN, not working against it. There are strategic disagreements as to where to apply COIN, the Marines taking the more inclusive position that you need to secure countryside and urban areas, others saying the best thing to do is to concentrate on the cities.

In any case, the article is a good read, even if carelessly headlined.