Here are the three titles used:
- Army’s most modern high-tech forces discover hard lesson
- U.S. plan in Mosul adjusts to violence
- High-tech Stryker brigades fighting the old way, on foot [the latest]
I found this via Reason Express, which has an entry entitled Boots Are Made for Marching that includes:
Not that anyone outside the pay of the Bush administration doubts it, but from Mosul comes the most clearly articulated case yet for more troops for Iraq. There, 5,000 U.S. troops are trying to do the job once done by 20,000 and are struggling to keep a lid on the insurgency in the city.
More telling still is that the Mosul garrison is composed of the Stryker brigade, the one of the Pentagon’s newly transformed units named for the swift armored car the unit deploys.
and ends with
The catch, of course, is that the U.S. does not have any more boots to send to Mosul, a fact the men of the Stryker brigade there are all too aware of.
Since anyone who read the article they link knows that an additional 7,000 Army troops are already there, I utilized their feedback link to submit the following:
This is incorrect. In fact, that Knight Ridder article you link to notes that the Army has been sending more troops to Mosul recently and now has 7,000 non-Stryker soldiers in the city.
As Fallujah was cleared, violence in Mosul picked up. It was perpetrated largely by insurgents unlike those previously encountered in Mosul. This indicates that at least some of the recent increase is due to displaced fighters from other areas moving into more lightly-held areas, not because the Army too few troops were present in a tougher region.
Yes, more boots were needed. And they were sent. Don’t make it sound like the overstretched Army has left the Stryker brigade out to dry.