Uncle Jimbo is back in Iraq, reporting on the domino effect of the surge. Not the least of which are the Sons of Iraq.
Another huge part of the surge that seems to not be talked ENOUGH about are The Sons of Iraq. These cats are the real deal. They have had enough of these jackasses coming into their country and causing trouble, so they handle things themselves. From what I have gathered they are the good ole boy network..the SOI are the locals and when in the past guys in black masks would roll in and do their chickenshit destruction and these guys would stand down and let it go…..somebody somewhere grew a set and said enough. They have in their own ways organized and in these villages and neighborhoods when the non-locals show up these guys roll up on them and handle things. And I mean handle things. One Iraqi I talked to told me of a guy who had been released from a local prison because terrorist’s get attorneys and rights and due process. He returned to his neighborhood in the AO and a few days a local kid later picked up a bottle of water that was rigged to an IED. The child was killed. The locals knew instantly that the same asshole released was a bomb-maker and immediately went to the home and snatched him up…a gunfight erupted and somehow the guy blew up later in the day…suicide vest out in an open field, I cant imagine that they helped him put his vest on, but who knows….hmmm. Iraqis handling Iraqi problems more on that later.
And there’s a bonus at BlackFive: The story of military bomb-sniffing dogs called SSDs.