In mid-March 2006, Joint Forces Command released a remarkable study titled Iraqi Perspectives Project: A View of Operation Iraqi Freedom from Saddam's Senior Leadership. The 230-page report was a painstakingly well-researched analysis of the war drawing heavily on interviews with Saddam's senior military officers and a bevy of captured Iraqi documents. What made the report newsworthy was an extraordinary allegation arising from one of those captured documents, dated 25 March 2003 and titled "Letter from Russian Official to Presidential Secretary Concerning American Intentions in Iraq."
That document began with the striking revelation that: "The information that the Russians have collected from their sources inside the American Central Command in Doha is that the United States is convinced that occupying Iraqi cities are (sic) impossible..." (italics mine). The letter went on to note, wrongly, that the American tactic was to isolate Iraq from its western borders and bring the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) in from Jordan. The source of the document was reportedly the Russian ambassador in Baghdad, now serving in Algeria. The news created quite a stir.