Thursday, August 24, 2006
Iraqi Army Assumes Responsibility
6 August 2006
By Gen. George W. Casey Jr.
Commander, Multi-National Force –
This week Iraqis celebrated another significant advance toward their sovereign democracy. Today the 4th Iraqi Army Division assumed responsibility for operations from the American 101st Airborne Division. Half the Iraqi Army divisions are now in the lead for planning and controlling security operations in
Although Iraqis still suffer horrendous brutality at the hands of death squads and terrorists, the strategic glass in
Gen. George W. Casey Jr. shakes the hand of an Iraqi Army Soldier as the Fourth Iraqi Army Division assumes security responsibility from the 101st Airborne Division. (Photo by MNF-I)
While there are still challenges ahead, the overall strategy for
More than 275,000 Iraqi Soldiers and Police work every day protecting their nation. So far, 48 of 110 operating bases nationwide have been transferred to Iraqis.
This week, five Army divisions, 2,522 brigades and 85 battalions – more than half the planned number of Army units - lead security operations in
Fourth Iraqi Army Division headquarters’ assumption of security responsibility lead is one more step in the right direction.
Only Iraqis can achieve enduring strategic success in
Nevertheless, this week, with the 4th Division’s achievement, it is beyond dispute that the Iraqi Army is more than half way to its goal of taking the lead in maintaining security for a free and democratic
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