The Gods of Diyala: Transfer of Command in Iraq

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In March 2004, Caleb S. Cage and Gregory M. Tomlin deployed to Baquba, Iraq, on a mission that would redefine how conventional U.S. military forces fight an urban war. Having led artillery units through a transition into anti-insurgent rifle companies and carrying out daily combat patrols in one of the region’s most notorious hotspots, Cage and Tomlin chronicle Task Force 1-6 Field Artillery’s year on the ground in Iraq and its response to the insurgency that threatened to engulf their corner of the Sunni Triangle.

Rather than presenting a snapshot dominated by battle scenes, The Gods of Diyala presents a wide-angled view of the experiences of Cage and Tomlin and their comrades-in-arms. They assess the implications of their experiences, starting with their pre-deployment training in Germany and ending with the handing over of duties to their replacement brigade at the close of their tour of duty. They discuss frankly their impressions of the benefits and liabilities of working with embedded journalists and relate both their frustrations with and their admiration for the fledgling Iraqi security forces. From chaotic security planning to personal debates on the principles of democracy, both authors discuss how Iraqis perceived the value of their first post-Saddam elections and the political future of their country as it tries to reinvent itself in the wake of a dictator’s fall.

The Gods of Diyala gives a new and personal perspective on the second stage of the ongoing war in Iraq. Students and scholars of military history will find its insights meaningful and informative, and general readers will enjoy its thoughtful, well-measured narratives of a year spent trying to protect a fragile nation as it struggled toward democracy.

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James T. Seidule
"As a memoir, this is an extraordinarily important work that will find an audience from several different types of readers. Scholars of the war will read it to understand the mechanics of counter-insurgency in 2004/5. Those in the military will read it to compare their experiences to those of Cage and Tomlin. The reading public, who enjoys military history, will be fascinated by a first person account of combat in the 21st century."—James T. Seidule, Colonel, U.S. Army, Academy Professor and Chief, Military History Division, Department of History, United States Military Academy, West Point
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Meet the Author

CALEB S. CAGE currently lives in Reno, Nevada, and serves as a senior policy advisor to the lieutenant governor of Nevada.CAPT. GREGORY M. TOMLIN commands a Paladin firing battery in the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Hovey in South Korea.

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Table of Contents

Map of Baquba and Buhriz 1

Pt. 1 Evolution

Ch. 1 Genesis 3

Ch. 2 Insurgency: A Prelude 19

Pt. 2 The Easter Offensive

Ch. 3 Insurgency: A Primer 39

Ch. 4 All Things Conventional 48

Pt. 3 June

Ch. 5 Insurgency: A Practicum 69

Ch. 6 IEDs: The Menace Beneath 79

Ch. 7 A City Upon a Hill: The Urban Morass 87

Ch. 8 A City Upon a Hill: The High Ground 97

Pt. 4 Good Things, Bad People, and the Pictures to Prove It

Ch. 9 The Moral Fight: Photogs 119

Ch. 10 Regime Change 134

Ch. 11 Revisionistas: An Interlude 147

Pt. 5 Holidays: Orient and Occident

Ch. 12 Ramadan in America 173

Ch. 13 Christmas in Iraq 195

Ch. 14 The Eve of a Nation 213

Pt. 6 Reformation

Ch. 15 Hope and Salvation 227

Ch. 16 To Be or Not to Be 248

Pt. 7 Up to the Task

Ch. 17 Security 277

Ch. 18 Democracy 286

Index 299

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