WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- The Islamic State of Iraq released a new 55-page strategic manual outlining plans to reformulate the insurgency in post-war Iraq, analysts said.
ISI, an al-Qaida affiliation in Iraq, outlined in its Strategic Plan to Improve the Political Position of the Islamic State of Iraq as lessons-learned approach to the insurgency, notes Marc Lynch, an Iraq analyst writing for Foreign Policy magazine.
The manual, Lynch says, reflects on its perceived setbacks during the so-called surge in Iraq when U.S. forces launched a "psychological" campaign to convince Sunni militants to turn their backs on al-Qaida.
The document describes an effort to advance its agenda beyond military force, outlining a process to unite insurgents, conserve resources and enhance its media operations. The media plan, Lynch writes, is designed to refute challenges to ISI's political strategy.
The most troubling aspect, he writes, is a plan for creating a so-called Jihadist Awakening that is modeled after the U.S. counterinsurgency that brought the Sunni tribes into the U.S. military fray.
Lynch cautions that the plans outlined by the insurgent group are "easier said than done," but is a reminder that it is capable of adapting as the post-war situation in Iraq evolves.