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US Hands Back Security of Anbar Province

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US Hands Back Security of Anbar Province On Monday, US commanders formally returned responsibility for keeping order in Anbar Province, once the heartland of the Sunni insurgency, to the Iraqi Army and police. The ceremony, including a parade on a freshly paved street, capped one of the most significant turnabouts in the country since the war began five and a half years ago. Over the past two years, the number of insurgent attacks against Iraqis and Americans has dropped by more than 90 percent.

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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
In a word Jillness, yes, I was kidding with that comment. ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
Vietnam, "peace is at hand".
piper23 piper23 8 years
"It looks like a good start, but good starts just ahead of elections often go south once the votes are counted." If Obama gets elected then I have to say I will probably end up agreeing with this statement. Especially since he will be Commander and Chief of our military.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"like we don't want the democratic voters to know that the republican led military are in the process of bringing the troops home" Are you kidding me? "The Republican led"....um, Obama and Democratic leaders have been pushing for the developments that are happening now. In NO WAY can the "republican party" take credit for this. The Republican leadership of our country has been DRAGGING THEIR FEET to bring troops home, and it is only because the Iraqi leadership is forcing their hand that we get this development now. What I find incredibly scary is the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs essentially repeating Obama, but saying that the will of the President sets the agenda and binds his hands.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Example?
stephley stephley 8 years
It looks like a good start, but good starts just ahead of elections often go south once the votes are counted.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'm not giving slaps on the back yet, but I am saying that this is a good start. Wouldn't you agree? :)
stephley stephley 8 years
Then Dave, living in the real world, you know that there is no agreement yet on pulling out and that a major sticking point has to do with whether remaining U.S. troops will be subject to Iraqi law. You know that Bush wants us to stay until 2015 but al-Malaki says out by 2011. You know that al-Malaki has reordered his negotiating team. Under new language in the agreement, Iraq, not the U.S. military, decides when the troops will leave. So in the real world, Dave, it is way too early for slaps on the back - we don't know what our troops will be doing in four months when the agreement that allows them to be in Iraq expires.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I don't think it's fair to say that anyone (especially on this site) wants our military to fail. I will say that there are a lot of people who should be in prison for putting them there in the first place.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Stiletta, I think some people are still so bitter about the whole thing that they'd rather see us fail so that they can say 'I told you so'.
stiletta stiletta 8 years
I still don't understand why Iraq is a partisan issue. Shouldn't we all want that endeavor to succeed?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
:rotfl:
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Fortunately, I try to do as much living in the real world. :)
stephley stephley 8 years
If you only get your Iraq news from Citizen Sugar, life seems great - if you read elsewhere about what's going on in the talks between Iraq's government and the Bush Administration, you'd know that things are far less rosy.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Yep. And notice how it only gets a "little" news thingy here? Looks really suspicious, like we don't want the democratic voters to know that the republican led military are in the process of bringing the troops home, and doing it with honor, dignity, and safety without a timeline.
Vespa Vespa 8 years
Wow! That is great. Too bad it will get buried under the RNC, Gustav, and Babygate.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Yes it is!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
This is great news.
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