Best Defense

A missing part of the Iraq war

An astute reader pointed out in an e-mail to me in July that the U.S. military has never released much information about the decisions to pay money to the Iraqi Sunni insurgents during the Surge, or how much was paid and where the money wound up.

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Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally appeared on September 10, 2014.

An astute reader pointed out in an e-mail to me in July that the U.S. military has never released much information about the decisions to pay money to the Iraqi Sunni insurgents during the Surge, or how much was paid and where the money wound up.

Sounds like a good War College or SAMS study to me. Feeling lucky?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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