Monday, February 06, 2006

New York Times Finally Reports What TNI Had Half a Year Ago ...

The New York Times is carrying a report on concerns about the diversion of Iraqi oil income to support the insurgency.

This was covered in-depth in "The Business of Insurgency" that appeared in the Fall 2005 issue of the magazine, which opens:

"Media attention on the insurgency in Iraq has tended to focus on dramatic incidents or horrific acts of violence. At the same time, policymakers in the United States and other coalition countries have often viewed the insurgency in largely political terms. Yet, particularly worrisome is the convergence of large segments of the Iraqi insurgency with elements of organized crime. Unfortunately, improved anti-terrorism effectiveness has resulted in increased criminal activity by several significant groups within the insurgency. So while the political and military aspects of the insurgency have received most of the world's attention, the insurgency's subtle shift toward increased reliance on criminal activity has implications that are just as important for the Iraqi economy. ..."

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