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U.S. Report Spots Intelligence Failure

Friday, 27 June 2003 12:00 AM

The internal May 29 report states that the lack of human intelligence, or "HUMINT," prevented U.S. commanders from understanding or predicting their Iraqi counterparts' moves.

"When the enemy failed to act in accordance with common military practice, we were caught flat-footed because we failed to accurately anticipate the unconventional response," said Marine Maj. Gen. Jim Mattis, in the 67-page report. The study, entitled "Operation Iraqi Freedom - Lessons Learned," was disclosed Friday by the Web site WorldNetDaily.com.

It noted that all the U.S. signals intelligence, satellites and chemical sensors didn't give Marines "insight into the human dimension of the battlefield."

"There was (nothing) on the opposition commanders' personalities, educations, decision-making styles or previous experiences," it said. "We were left with guessing what we would do in their place."

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