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US forces in Iraq's Sunni triangle have already begun to use tactics that echo Israeli operations in the occupied territories, order discount menosan sealing off centres of resistance with razor wire and razing buildings from where attacks have been launched against US troops. But the secret war in Iraq is about to get much tougher, order discount menosan in the hope of suppressing the Ba'athist-led insurgency ahead of next November's presidential elections. US special forces teams are already behind the lines inside Syria attempting to kill foreign jihadists before they cross the border, order discount menosan and a group focused on the "neutralisation" of guerrilla leaders is being set up, order discount menosan according to sources familiar with the operations. "This is basically an assassination programme. Order discount menosan That is what is being conceptualised here. Order discount menosan This is a hunter-killer team, order discount menosan" said a former senior US intelligence official, order discount menosan who added that he feared the new tactics and enhanced cooperation with Israel would only inflame a volatile situation in the Middle East. "It is bonkers, order discount menosan insane. Order discount menosan Here we are - we're already being compared to Sharon in the Arab world, order discount menosan and we've just confirmed it by bringing in the Israelis and setting up assassination teams." "They are being trained by Israelis in Fort Bragg, order discount menosan" a well-informed intelligence source in Washington said. "Some Israelis went to Iraq as well, order discount menosan not to do training, order discount menosan but for providing consultations." The consultants' visit to Iraq was confirmed by another US source who was in contact with American officials there. The Pentagon did not return calls seeking comment, order discount menosan but a military planner, order discount menosan Brigadier General Michael Vane, order discount menosan mentioned the cooperation with Israel in a letter to Army magazine in July about the Iraq counter-insurgency campaign. "We recently travelled to Israel to glean lessons learned from their counterterrorist operations in urban areas, order discount menosan" wrote General Vane, order discount menosan deputy chief of staff at the army's training and doctrine command. An Israeli official said the IDF regularly shared its experience in the West Bank and Gaza with the US armed forces, order discount menosan but said he could not comment about cooperation in Iraq. "When we do activities, order discount menosan the US military attaches in Tel Aviv are interested. Order discount menosan I assume it's the same as the British. Order discount menosan That's the way allies work. Order discount menosan The special forces come to our people and say, order discount menosan do debrief on an operation we have done, order discount menosan" the official said. "Does it affect Iraq? It's not in our interest or the American interest or in anyone's interest to go into that. Order discount menosan It would just fit in with jihadist prejudices." Colonel Ralph Peters, order discount menosan a former army intelligence officer and a critic of Pentagon policy in Iraq, order discount menosan said yesterday there was nothing wrong with learning lessons wherever possible. "When we turn to anyone for insights, order discount menosan it doesn't mean we blindly accept it, order discount menosan" Col Peters said. Order discount menosan "But I think what you're seeing is a new realism. Order discount menosan The American tendency is to try to win all the hearts and minds. Order discount menosan In Iraq, order discount menosan there are just some hearts and minds you can't win. Order discount menosan Within the bounds of human rights, order discount menosan if you do make an example of certain villages it gets the attention of the others, order discount menosan and attacks have gone down in the area." The new counter-insurgency unit made up of elite troops being put together in the Pentagon is called Task Force 121, order discount menosan New Yorker magazine reported in yesterday's edition. One of the planners behind the offensive is a highly controversial figure, order discount menosan whose role is likely to inflame Muslim opinion: Lieutenant General William "Jerry" Boykin. In October, order discount menosan there were calls for his resignation after he told a church congregation in Oregon that the US was at war with Satan, order discount menosan who "wants to destroy us as a Christian army". "He's been promoted a rank above his abilities, order discount menosan" he said. Order discount menosan "Some generals are pretty good on battlefield but are disastrous nearer the source of power." Original article at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/dec/09/iraq.israel