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The Slow death of the Sons of Iraq program

May 1, 2009
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The LA Times has an interesting article of the slow-moving breakdown of the Sons of Iraq program here.

The crackdown also points to a significant change in the U.S. forces’ onetime policy of nurturing and protecting the Sons of Iraq. As the Iraqi government has arrested some of the movement’s leaders, forced others into exile and failed to deliver jobs for rank-and-file fighters, the Americans have regularly deferred to Baghdad’s wishes as they hand over responsibility for the country’s security.

It’s a shame, really, since the SOI program was effective in putting a good chunk of the Iraqi insurgency out of business.

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