Did the Coalition Need More Forces in Iraq? Evidence from Al Anbar

Malkasian, Carter
July 2007
JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly;Summer2007, Issue 46, p120
The article focuses on the concept applied by the U.S. Military to establish a successful counterinsurgency campaign in Al Anbar province in Iraq. Such concept has sometimes been called the indirect approach, which applies the phrase "less is more." The empirical evidence collected in the said province states that when forces are meager, insurgent activity increases. The data also implies that more forces would have improved the situation in Al Anbar and perhaps Iraq as a whole.


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