Over the last year, operations by Coalition and Iraqi forces have made
signi? cant gains against al-Qaeda in Iraq
and other Sunni insurgents. As the threat from these groups has decreased,
Coalition Forces and the Iraqi government have focused their attention on the
problem of Shi'a militias in central and southern Iraq.
Nowhere was this threat more evident than in the southern city of Basra.
In the wake of the premature British withdrawal from the city center and
transition to an overwatch capacity in late 2007, Basra
became a haven for militia and criminal activity. Rival Shi'a militias were
engaged in a violent and protracted power struggle as drugs, weapons, and oil
smuggling rings thrived. In late March 2008, the Iraqi government launched an
offensive to reclaim the city from the militias. Iraq Report 9 offers a
comprehensive look at the battle for Basra,
Operation Knight's Charge.
Editor's note: The Iraq
Report is a regular feature at weeklystandard.com and offers detailed reporting
and analysis of ongoing Coalition military operations both in Baghdad
and throughout Iraq.
To read the full report in pdf click here or on the image below.
Iraq Report I: From "New Way Forward" to New
Commander, March 1, 2007
Iraq Report II: The Baghdad Security Plan begins., March 15, 2007
Iraq Report III: The Anbar Awakening., April 5, 2007
Report IV: The Battle for Diyala, May
Iraq Report V: The Real Surge, July 6, 2007
Iraq Report VI: The Iran Dossier, August 29, 2007
Iraq Report VII: Securing Diyala, December 6, 2007
Iraq Report VII: The Fight for Mosul, June 3, 2008