In a potentially provocative move, American and Iraqi commanders have dispatched Iraq’s most-notorious police commando unit, the Wolf Brigade, to Ramadi ahead of elections, Western officials told me.
The Wolf Brigade, known to be the one of the most aggressive (if not ruthless) in the Iraqi security forces, is deeply mistrusted by the people of Ramadi, who believe it to be virulently anti-Sunni and responsible for human rights abuses.
The move raised eyebrows among U.S. embassy officials, as politically insensitive during such a volatile time.
For the U.S. military’s perspective, however, the Wolf Brigade is effective and was instrumental in driving insurgents out of Mosul a year ago.
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