Iraq in 2009 was a strange netherworld, not quite war but not yet peace. The country teetered on the threshold of great change with the impending national elections and the promised withdrawal of all US combat forces. These changes would usher in either an era of irreversible stability or a return to the sectarian carnage that nearly destroyed Iraq in 2006. It was during this period of uncertainty that Task Force Patriot arrived to take over as the last US combat force to occupy Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit. In this gripping first-hand account of the final months of combat operations, author Pat Proctor brings his unique, insider perspective to reveal the circumstances that put this battalion in a position to turn the tide of the Iraq war.
Despite resistance from insurgents, intransigent Iraqi politicians, and, occasionally, the US interagency team, this artillery-turned-infantry battalion found itself in a position to not only improve conditions in its area, but solve the last unsettled problem of the Iraq war, the sectarian divide. Task Force Patriot, through the confluence of lucky circumstances and innovative thinking, had stumbled upon a unique approacha combination of hardball politics, economic investment, and a nuanced application of forcethat could potentially end Sunni separatism in Iraq. This book tells the untold story of this critical period during the second national elections, which, eight months later, was only beginning to yield a government. More importantly, however, this book tells the story of the last crucial days of the Iraq War.
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About the Author
Lieutenant Colonel Pat Proctor (US Army) is an Iraq War veteran with over seventeen years of active service. As a joint operational planner in Iraq in 2007, he participated in General Patraeus’ Joint Strategic Assessment Team and the campaign redesign of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He returned to Iraq in 2009 as a battalion operations officer, where he directed continuous combat operations across two-thirds of Saddam Hussein’s home province of Salah ad Din. He holds master’s degrees from the US Army Command and General Staff College and School of Advance Military Studies. He is currently the chief of plans for the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas and a doctoral student in history at Kansas State University.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Ad Dawr 9
Chapter 2 Corporal Carrasco 39
Chapter 3 Lt. Col. Ahmed al Fahal 63
Chapter 4 The Jadir Brothers 81
Chapter 5 Sheikh Sabah al Shimiri 119
Chapter 6 Task Force Wolfhounds 163
About the Author 217
What People are Saying About This
Lieutenant Colonel Pat Proctor provides valuable insight into the adaptability of the American Soldier and the versatility of tactical leaders in war. His compelling narrative provides an in-depth account of how his battalion implemented counterinsurgency theory in one corner of Iraq.
As we approach the twilight of the war in Iraq, it is widely acknowledged that the public understands too little about the experience of soldiers who have been engaged in that conflict over the past eight years. In Task Force Patriot and the End of Combat Operations in Iraq, Pat Proctor sheds light on the political, human, and psychological dimension of that experience, recounting how he and his soldiers fought across an area the size of New Jersey to achieve an outcome consistent with our interests and worthy of the sacrifices so many have made. This is a compelling account not only because it helps explain the American military experience in Iraq, but also because it reveals the difficulties that our soldiers are likely to confront in future conflicts.
Traditionally regarded as a squad leader’s fight, counterinsurgency in Iraq was often more of a Battalion commander’s war. Colonel Proctor’s excellent account of his experiences as a Battalion S3 should be required reading for military or civilian students, for leaders seeking to master this complex art, and for anyone interested in how Americans handled the critical transition from combat operations in Iraq.