Achieving Victory in Iraq: Countering an Insurgency

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ACHIEVING VICTORY IN IRAQ: Countering an Insurgency, Dominic J. Caraccilo and Andrea L. Thompson, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg, PA, 2008, 240 pages, $24.95.

Two Army combat veterans of the Iraq War, Colonel Dominic J. Caraccilo and Lieutenant Colonel Andrea L. Thompson, wrote Achieving Victory in Iraq: Countering an Insurgency. Armed with real-life experiences as staff officers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq, Caraccilo and Thompson provide a doctrinally sound and thorough analysis of the current situation in Iraq. Detailing the complexity of counterinsurgency operations, they lay the groundwork for victory for Iraqi forces. Their work is well researched, compelling, and timely.

The authors consider inadequate civil policing to be the "greatest error in judgment" of the war: "The lack of a capable manned, trained, and equipped police force is clearly a major issue in Iraq, and it is perhaps the single most important problem that must be solved today. …