7,092. 8/9/2007

In Iraq, “Having former insurgents as guides also meant there was suddenly much more information on which to act, both because the insurgents were talking but also because they were no longer violently preventing civilians from doing so. Indeed, there were so many new informants that it made it difficult for the remaining insurgents to pinpoint the origins of the new American intelligence. They ‘knew where the [arms] caches were, they knew all the names of the al Qaeda leaders,’ said Capt. Zane Galvach [in a Washington Post article on August 9, 2007], a platoon leader in the 2nd Infantry Division’s 3rd Stryker Brigade.”

 – Thomas E. Ricks, The Gamble, Page 215

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