According to Newsweek, one proposal before the Pentagon now is to use Special Forces soldiers and local paramilitaries to target Sunni insurgents and their sympathizers, both in Iraq and if they crossed the border into Syria. Here’s a quote from Maj. Gen.Muhammad Abdallah al-Shahwani, director of Iraqs National Intelligence Service:
“The Sunni population is paying no price for the support it is giving to the terrorists. From their point of view, it is cost-free. We have to change that equation.”
I was thinking the general idea was that we wanted less armed paramilitary units terrorizing the population, but I guess I was wrong.
As usual, Fafblog has its own interesting take on the subject.