Ian Bach

Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007

M. Yon – Talks Counter Insurgency

Ghosts of Anbar, Part III of IV
A Model for Success

By Michael Yon

………..SSG Lee stressed to the Police that we needed statements, so people from Falahat came in and gave written statements. Iraqis respond to a sense of justice. The importance of this fact cannot be overstated, and it is this sense of justice on an international scale that gets undermined when people are held in prisons without being charged with any crimes.

To many of the Iraqis I’ve spoken with, terrorists are fair game. Kill them. But if we kill justice while doing so, we will create terrorists out of farmers. Here the Marines are creating farmers, police officers, shepherds, and entrepreneurs out of insurgents. To do that, they have to be seen as men who respect and honor legitimate systems of government and justice.

From the counterinsurgency manual that every Marine and Soldier should read:…….

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This is the first time I have seen Michael embracing, focusing and quoting the New Counter Insurgency Manual so extensively. He obviously is seeing how well the new tactics work and appears to be a firm beleiver now. I can now picture Michael carrying his COIN manual around with him, much like Wesley Morgan the young ROTC student writing in Iraq and going on embeds.

Since 2004 I was looking at counterinsurgency tactics, but at that time most of the writing I could find was written by recent college grads with no experience in battle yet. I actualy felt almost everything I read back then was watered down and showed little substance on implimentation and details. It was discouraging to say the least. I hadn’t felt like I learned a thing and gave up.

It wasn’t until January 2007 maybe earlier? When i started loooking at Ahmed Shah Massoud “the Lion of Panjshir” and his tactics in Afghanistan. In his later years he had a great embrace for politics and the need for alliances with people once seen as the enemies. This is the best lesson learned. When we can get people who were once insurgents and turn them into police, military, and boarder patrol we not only gain a great asset but we should in the progress gain new friends. Just sitting drinking tea and talking and opening oneself to learning and listening we give the speakers a voice. when people know that someone has interest in them and their views it creates a trust and a bond, perhaps even an almost shared experience. Just like in our normal lives the people who take the time to listen to us, are often times the people that we trust the most. – Ian Bach


About Ian Bach

Independent Online Terrorist Hunter I teach people how to hunt down and shut down the Bad guys web sites. I also teach about the various countries and cultures. Like most cases it is a small group of bsd eggs that in this case call themselves Muslims but in actual fact they are more like how KKK call themselves ",True Christisians". But in both cases / groups they preach a perverted and twisted view a religion. In the case of ISIS, all Qaeda, al Nusra, and the rest of the terrorists who claim to be true Muslims most of these groups follow the Wahhabi teachings. They are almost all Sunni and their goal is global domination. Yet they must be very bad at math and history. Since most Muslims prefer a separation of church and state and also mist are against Shari's Law. Esp the twisted and overly exaggerated form of Sharia Law that the Wahhabi and other bad guys use. I have studied terrorism, insurgencies, and the best tried and proven methods that work to fight terrorism. My Blogs have many links and articles that can show you who are the best and most knowledgeable people in the fields or counterinsurgency and counter terrorism. When I find great practitioner's I always listen to them to find out who they learned from and who they respect and admire. Thus I am always learning new stuff from the best and most successful in their fields of knoeledge. I strive to be an open and ethical source of information, I have met many awesome, kind, caring, and loving wonderful people many who I am close friends with now from Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Iran, and many from S.E. Asia which also has a high percent of their populations that are Muslim.We must always strive to be aware people are not any one particular religion via that's what they chose to be, instead most people are a particular religion because that's what their parents and/or county is. I was raised Catholic but because I became Interested in magic ,(illusion - smoke n mirrors) and science which lead me to study many religions, and I would call myself an atheist. Yet sometimes when I lose my keys ZI find myself praying "Hail Marys" and a few "Our Fathers" which most always aides me in finding my keys. My belief is that if I just frantically look around for my krys, good luck it takes me for ever. But by saying these prayers it is like s sort of meditation and my mind becomes more calm, which is why it helps my find my keys.

One comment on “M. Yon – Talks Counter Insurgency

  1. ღஜღTN-1ღஜღ
    August 31, 2007

    Great posting and insight Ian.I will pass this article on to my military friends!!


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