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October 17, 2007

Baghdad fashion statements

In one of Yon's recent dispatchs there's one paragraph that is perhaps the most telling I've read in the past year of reading Iraq news..

We also recently completed work on a soccer field that is used nightly by the young people here. Much to our surprise, on the opening night, each team had “1-4 CAV” printed on the back of their soccer jerseys. It is not uncommon for us to see guys with these jerseys on walking down the street. A second soccer field will open shortly.
Some will dismiss this as a single data point, but think about how much had to be going right for that data point to happen.
  • The insurgency has lost ALL influence in that neighborhood or the kids would dare not do it
  • The kids parents are comfortable with the idea
  • The Americans aren't considered the "occupier" anymore, they're like a favored sports team
Reading between the lines its obvious some tectonic shifts in attitude and conditions had to happen for those kids to be walking around in jerseys advertising an American unit.

This is as significant an event as when Yon noted over a year ago that the number of dimes being dropped had gone up like 10X and the number of tips being received forced a change in tactics to the "cascade" style raid to handle the volume. It was then that I knew the insurgency was broken.


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