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Iraq Update: Anbar Province and Ramadi Subdued

Drastic improvements in security in Iraq's Anbar province, once a stronghold of al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorists, will allow it in March to become the 10th of 18 Iraqi provinces fully to be returned to Iraqi control.

Marine Maj. Gen. Walter E. Gaskin said levels of violence in Anbar have dropped so significantly -- coupled with the growth and development of Iraqi security forces -- that Anbar is ready to be handed back to the Iraqis:

'We all agree . . . Anbar will be ready,' for transfer of control to Iraqi provincial authorities in March, followed by a ceremony in April, Gen. Gaskin said.

Thus far, nine of 18 Iraqi provinces have reverted to Iraqi control, most recently the southern province of Basra in December.

Gen. Gaskin arrived in Anbar in February 2007. That was a turning point in the security situation in the provincial capital of Ramadi. The city now is largely pacified -- a state of affairs that few would have predicted a year ago.

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Here's a link to the report by Robert Burns of the Associated Press, which is the source material for this post. For obvious reasons Mr. Burns' work is couched and organized differently.


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Comments (9)

This is good news. Now we ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

This is good news. Now we should accelerate the withdrawal of US troops so they can be redeployed to Afghanistan where the situation has deteriorated ever since Bush took his eye off the ball by invading a non threat Iraqi.

I wonder what Afghanistan and Pakistan would look like today if Bush would have allowed the greatest army in the world the opportunity to defeat al Qeada and the Taliban.

We can't even track any foreign plots against us, or anyone else, anymore because the must have wire tapping program that Bush said was crucial to our protection was shut down because Bush forgot to pay the phone bill.

Brilliant!

You would have to have a wi... (Below threshold)
yetanotherjohn:

You would have to have a willing suspension of disbelief to think this will ever happen. We have been told by all the democratic presidential hopefuls that the surge has failed, ergo this can not be happening. How dare you print such lies.

Bin Laden fled to Pakistan ... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Bin Laden fled to Pakistan and the troops in the world stationed in Afgahnistan wouldn't have changed that.

Unless we plan to invade a nuclear power after promising to never use nukes.

Baghdad barney - "This ... (Below threshold)
marc:

Baghdad barney - "This is good news. Now we should accelerate the withdrawal of US troops so they can be redeployed to Afghanistan where the situation has deteriorated ever since Bush took his eye off the ball by invading a non threat Iraqi."

What you didn't get the Pelosi/Ried talking points memo outlining how the surge has failed because it's "main purpose" was to provide political progress that allegedly hasn't happened?

You know the memo barney, they mirror this guys.

Marc, The liberals ... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Marc,
The liberals always find excuse to kill more babies and not terrorists. No wonder Obama would invade Pakistan and will talk to Iran/Syria. The change that liberals are so excited about is to give turn Iraq victory into defeat for America.

Tribes turn on Al Qaeda in Pakistan (updated)
http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/01/tribes_turn_on_al_qaeda_in_pak.html

Thousands of armed tribesmen of South Waziristan met here on Wednesday, vowing to organise a Lashkar to hunt down Al Qaeda-linked militants blamed for killing nine of their kinsmen.

BTW, we don't hear liberals... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

BTW, we don't hear liberals talking about withdrawing our troops from the Balkans, Germany, and South Korea to deploy to Afghanistan. They only want to withdraw from Iraq so that less terrorists will be killed.

Looks like the dems are ben... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Looks like the dems are bent on abandoning the Iraqui people.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2008/01/post_76.html

We now have a large number of American and British officers who can pick up a phone from Washington or London and call an Iraqi officer that he knows well-an Iraqi he has fought along side of-and talk. Same with untold numbers of Sheiks and government officials, most of whom do not deserve the caricatural disdain they get most often from pundits who have never set foot in Iraq. British and American forces have a personal relationship with Iraqi leaders of many stripes. The long-term intangible implications of the betrayal of that trust through the precipitous withdrawal of our troops could be enormous, because they would be the certain first casualties of renewed violence, and selling out the Iraqis who are making an honest-go would make the Bay of Pigs sell-out seem inconsequential. The United States and Great Britain would hang their heads in shame for a century.

If I remember correctly, al... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

If I remember correctly, all the left wing lunatics on this blog said victory in Iraq was a fairy tale, and that we were all absolutely stupid to believe it could happen.

Better not open your mouths and remove all doubt of who the true idiots are--f'n f'd up stupid ass libs.

How could things be going b... (Below threshold)
SPQR:

How could things be going badly in Afghanistan? After all, that is where we did things according to the Democrats' approved method. We got NATO troops to go there and show us how it was done.

Oh, what? NATO never delivered their promises? Quelle surprise.




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