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Iraq: First Steps and Strides
« on: January 30, 2006, 11:19:11 AM »
General Cites Significant Strides in Iraq's Anbar Province
By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

 
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2006 The past year has yielded major growth in Iraqi security forces and significant political progress in Iraq's Anbar province, and 2006 will give the people there a chance to enjoy the benefits of that progress, a top U.S. commander in Iraq said today.
In April, only two Iraqi army brigades were operating in Anbar, and now there are two divisions that comprise almost 20,000 soldiers, Marine Maj. Gen. Stephen Johnson, commander of Multinational Force West and 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), said while briefing Pentagon reporters via satellite. Iraqi army battalions are bearing an increasingly larger share of the counterinsurgency fight, and border forces are active at recently completed forts along Iraq's border, he said.

In the December election, Anbar saw an increase in the number of Sunnis who voted, despite the threat of insurgent attacks, Johnson said.

"The people have shown their resolve by participating in a new and unfamiliar process, but one that offers hope for the citizens of Iraq," he said.

Though an insurgent presence remains in Anbar, the violence will decrease as the political process progresses, Johnson said.

"That process will allow people to see that they have the opportunity for success, that they have the opportunity to be heard, and that there are alternatives to violence," he said.

Because of the recent election and an increased coalition and Iraqi presence throughout Anbar, conditions are favorable for change, Johnson said. Increasing numbers of Iraqis are giving the political process a chance because they want an alternative to the violence and sectarian strife that has plagued them, he said.

One of the most important things that will create a stable environment in Anbar is the reintroduction of police, Johnson said. Fallujah was the first town to reintroduce police, and its force soon will reach its authorized strength of 1,700, he said. In the rest of the province, police stations are being identified and repaired, and people are being screened and recruited as policemen, he said.

"The reintroduction of a professional police force in al Anbar will provide local leaders with security and stability that they need to take care of their own," he said.

No Iraqi units in Anbar are operating independently, Johnson said, but more are taking the lead in operations and over the next few months will grow in size and capability. When they are ready to operate on their own depends on how long the units have been together and their level of training, he said.
 
 





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Re: Iraq: First Steps and Strides
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2006, 12:15:48 PM »
your nintendo stopped working, eh?

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Re: Iraq: First Steps and Strides
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2006, 12:22:05 PM »
tsk tsk, julie's cynical friend.  why would they lie?

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Re: Iraq: First Steps and Strides
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2006, 12:31:17 PM »
could just be mistake.

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Re: Iraq: First Steps and Strides
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2006, 12:53:06 PM »
The Army's press corps says that the Army is succeeding... wow! What Earth-shattering news from such an objective perspective!

That's about as comforting as President Bush's lawyer assuring us that President Bush isn't breaking the law...

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Re: Iraq: First Steps and Strides
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2006, 02:46:58 PM »
A mistake about what?

um.  whether to tell truth?

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Re: Iraq: First Steps and Strides
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2006, 02:48:11 PM »
The Army's press corps says that the Army is succeeding... wow! What Earth-shattering news from such an objective perspective!

That's about as comforting as President Bush's lawyer assuring us that President Bush isn't breaking the law...

well, he cowboy-in-chief.

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« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2006, 10:46:47 PM »
Iraqi police apprehend top ranking Al-Qaeda official


Compiled by Daily Star staff
Monday, February 06, 2006


Iraqi police have arrested the fourth-ranking figure in Al-Qaeda in Iraq, state television said Sunday, while officials are investigating whether the group's leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had fled to neighboring Iran.

Meanwhile, radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr arrived in Damascus Sunday for a three-day visit believed to include talks on Lebanon and Iraq.

The official news agency, SANA, said Sadr was accorded official reception at the airport but gave no details of the welcoming ceremony or his agenda.

The brief report on al-Iraqiyya television identified the suspect as Mohammad Rabei, also known as Abu Dhar, and said he was number four in Al-Qaeda. It gave no further details.

Meanwhile, a senior Iraqi security officer said the Iraqi government has been receiving information that Zarqawi may have moved to Iran after hot pursuit by U.S and Iraqi forces in western Iraq.

The officer said Iraq's intelligence services have received information that the Jordanian-born terrorist was spotted a few weeks ago in areas close to the Himreen Mountains, 120 kilometers south of Kirkuk and near the border with Iran.

"We are dealing with this information carefully but intelligence services are working on the assumption that he has been planning to move to Iran after being besieged in the areas where he was operating inside Iraq," said the officer, who declined to be identified further because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

In other development, the Iraqi government announced it will deploy thousands of policemen to prevent Sunni extremists from bombing a major Shiite ceremony next week.

Interior Ministry undersecretary Major General Ahmad al-Khafaji said Iraqi police forces will be on high alert to prevent a repeat of previous Ashoura-linked terror attacks claimed by Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

"The attacks that happened on Ashoura during the previous years gave us more insight about what measures we should take to prevent the repetition of the same attacks," Khafaji told The Associated Press.

Extra checkpoints and police patrols will be operating in major Shiite centers such as the holy southern cities of Kerbala and Najaf and predominantly Shiite areas in Baghdad such as the northern suburb of Kadhemiyya.

At least 8,000 policemen will be on duty in Kerbala, where security authorities have warned hotel owners not to accept any non-Iraqi Arabs or Iraqis without identity documents and to inform authorities about suspicious individuals, said police spokesman Abdel-Rahman Mishawi.

The U.S. military, meanwhile, announced the release of about 50 Iraqi detainees, but no women were among them. The freeing of women is a demand by kidnappers of American journalist Jill Carroll, who was abducted on January 7 in Baghdad.

The bullet-riddled bodies of two Shiites were found Sunday two days after 14 Sunni Arab men were found shot in a truck parked on the northern edge of the capital.

Police Lieutenant Thaer Mahmoud said the slain Shiites were found on the highway linking Baghdad's northern suburb of Shula to Taji, a town 20 kilometers north of Baghdad. Both bodies were bound and wearing black clothes in apparent preparation for Ashoura. - Agencies

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Re: Iraq: First Steps and Strides
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2007, 05:31:37 AM »
putz.