Captain Travis Patriquin and the Awakening of Iraq

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

William Doyle tells the story of Captain Travis Patriquin and his role in turning the tide of violence in the Iraq war. An Arabic linguist, Patriquin set out to establish a crucial network with tribal leaders.  In 2006, he unleashed a diplomatic and cultural charm offensive—the Sunni Awakening, the tribal revolt against Al Qaeda that led to a dramatic drop in violence. A Soldier's Dream: Captain Travis Patriquin and the Awakening of Iraq is a tribute to him.


William Doyle

Comments [2]

Sher from lower Manhattan

Please ask him to assess the Current, more recent situation with Maliki purging Sunnis again and suicide bombers targeting especially police outposts and offices.

Jan. 03 2012 01:22 PM
Erica Jacobson from Reading, Penna.

I'll certainly be reading Mr. Doyle's book, if only to understand the Travis' transformation from the intriguing boy I knew in middle school to the man I always suspected he would become.

Thank you for remembering him and shedding some light on his approach to other cultures.

Jan. 03 2012 01:15 PM

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