Increased government regulation and a generally declining job market has had its impact on special operations forces in Iraq, too:
Elite counterterrorism units in Iraq are running half as many operations this year as they have annually since 2008, in part because of a nationwide drop in violence, senior U.S. military officials said Wednesday…
The tempo of counterterrorism raids “is down in comparison to years past, in accordance with the decreasing level of violence,” said Col. Mark Mitchell, commander of an Airborne special forces unit based in Balad, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of Baghdad.
The average number of missions a week has dropped to an average of about 25, down from around 50 in 2008 and 2009, said Col. Darsie D. Rogers Jr., who commands the estimated 4,500 U.S. special forces in Iraq. He and Mitchell briefed reporters on Wednesday on U.S. special forces operations with Iraqis.
Mitchell also attributed the drop in missions to legal challenges in getting permission to raid suspected insurgent hideouts.
The poor dears. All dressed up, and no one to kill.