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  • An American Victory (The US Mission in Iraq is successful but the media is strangely silent)

    07/09/2009 7:16:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies · 1,064+ views
    National Review ^ | 7/9/2009 | Cliffor May
    The news is not that American combat troops withdrew from Iraqi cities. The news is that American combat troops withdrew from Iraqi cities in victory — rather than in defeat. Two years ago at this time, few in the foreign-policy establishment considered that outcome possible. Some did not even see it as desirable. There were those who believed that the conflict in Iraq was “unwinnable,” that America had met its match on the hot and dusty streets of 21st-century Mesopotamia. Others thought Americans needed a Vietnam-like refresher course about the futility of the use of U.S. military force anywhere in...
  • The surge worked: Iraqi transfer of power is a sign of stability

    06/30/2009 10:19:44 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 2 replies · 482+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | July 1, 2009 | Editorial
    It may not be "Mission accomplished," but we are getting closer. Yesterday, the United States completed the process of withdrawing from Iraq's cities. American forces closed or turned over to Iraqi authorities 150 bases and facilities. The Iraqis are happy to see us go, and we are glad to be leaving.
  • Gates Buoyed by al-Qaida’s Failure to Stoke Sectarian Violence

    06/30/2009 5:55:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 338+ views
    ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, June 30, 2009 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he’s heartened that al-Qaida hasn’t been able to reignite sectarian violence in Iraq despite its acts of violence leading up to today’s deadline for U.S. troops to leave Iraqi cities. Commanders on the ground anticipated for weeks that al-Qaida and other extremists would take advantage of the U.S. troops’ compliance with the U.S.-Iraq status of forces agreement to launch attacks, Gates told reporters returning to Washington with him after a change-of-command ceremony at U.S. European Command headquarters in Germany. While capitalizing on what they perceive...
  • Withdrawal Marks Historic Day for Future of Iraq, General Says

    06/30/2009 5:46:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 335+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Dave Lankford, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, June 30, 2009 – In accordance with Article 5 of the security agreement between the U.S. and Iraqi governments, Iraqi security forces now have full ownership of security in their cities, towns and villages. Army Capt. Rich Turvey, commander of 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, signs over Joint Security Station Salaam to Iraqi army 1st Lt. Jassim Abbas at a transfer ceremony near Numaniyah, Iraq, June 20, 2009. In accordance with the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, Iraqi security forces took full ownership of security in their cities, towns and villages on June 30, 2009. U.S....
  • Top US commander: Iran still supports Iraq attacks

    06/30/2009 3:05:25 PM PDT · by Flavius · 4 replies · 317+ views
    ap ^ | 6/30/09 | KIM GAMEL
    BAGHDAD – The top U.S. military commander in Iraq on Tuesday accused Iran of continuing to support and train militants who are carrying out attacks, including most of the ones in Baghdad. Gen. Ray Odierno said the attacks have fallen in number but are still a problem. He made the comments just after the U.S. relinquished security for Baghdad and other urban areas to Iraqi forces, part of a security agreement that will see all American soldiers out of the country by the end of 2011. "Iran is still supporting, funding and training surrogates who operate inside of Iraq. They...
  • Top US commander(Odierno): Iran still supports Iraq attacks (Accuses Iran of Attacks in Baghdad!)

    06/30/2009 8:51:39 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies · 1,681+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Tue, Jun 30, 2009 (5:51 a.m.)
    The top U.S. military commander in Iraq says that Iran still supports and trains militants who carry out attacks _ mostly with mortars and sophisticated roadside bombs _ inside Iraq. Gen. Ray Odierno says the attacks have been reduced but are still a problem. He spoke on Tuesday at his base outside of Baghdad, as Iraqi forces took control of security in the Iraqi capital and other urban areas. June 30 was the deadline for American troops to pull out of Iraqi cities under a U.S.-Iraqi security pact. The pullout was completed on Monday. Odiero says Tehran is "still supporting,...
  • Car bomb kills at least 27 people in Iraqi city

    06/30/2009 10:45:15 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 200+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 30, 2009 | PATRICK QUINN
    A car bomb exploded in a crowded outdoor market in the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people, police said, a deadly reminder of the challenges facing the Iraqi government even as it celebrated the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from cities. The bombing marred what had otherwise been a festive day as Iraqis commemorated the newly declared National Sovereignty Day with military parades and marching bands. It also came hours after four U.S. soldiers were killed in combat Monday in Baghdad. Although there were no immediate claims of responsibility, the bombing and the way it...
  • Iraq’s National Sovereignty Day

    06/30/2009 11:10:33 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies · 199+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-30-09 | Wordsmith
    Iraqi policemen in Basra celebrated the withdrawal on Tuesday. A recent spate of high-profile bombings that has killed over 250 people has added to the uncertainty of the handover, but it did not dampen the national pride of the day. Photo: Haider al-Assadee/European Pressphoto AgencyIt should be a victory day for all; but not without cautious optimism, nervous trepidation, and healthy skepticism. Peter Feaver: Early reports that General Odierno felt the deadline should slip a bit gave way to more recent reports that he was comfortable meeting the deadline. This reassured me somewhat, until I re-read this assessment by Stephen...
  • The Troop Drawdown Could Be Costly for Iraq (MichaelRubin)

    06/30/2009 11:27:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 351+ views
    MichaelRubin.org ^ | June 30, 2009
    Today is a milestone in Iraq. Under the terms of the Strategic Framework Agreement, U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraqi cities. In retrospect, however, June 30 will likely mark another milestone: the end of the surge and the relative peace it brought to Iraq. In the past week, bombings in Baghdad, Mosul and near Kirkuk have killed almost 200 people. The worst is yet to come. While the Strategic Framework Agreement was negotiated in the twilight of the Bush administration, President Barack Obama shaped the final deal. He campaigned on a time line to withdraw combat troops from Iraq, and...
  • Car bomb kills at least 27 people in Iraqi city

    06/30/2009 12:13:13 PM PDT · by LottieDah · 3 replies · 330+ views
    BAGHDAD – A car bomb exploded in a crowded outdoor market in the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people, police said, a deadly reminder of the challenges facing the Iraqi government even as it celebrated the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from cities. The bombing marred what had otherwise been a festive day as Iraqis commemorated the newly declared National Sovereignty Day with military parades and marching bands. It also came hours after four U.S. soldiers were killed in combat Monday in Baghdad. Although there were no immediate claims of responsibility, the bombing and the...
  • Biden Tapped to Oversee Political Reconciliation in Iraq

    06/30/2009 11:58:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies · 547+ views
    FOX News ^ | June 30, 2009
    As a senator, Joe Biden had pushed a plan to partition Iraq. Now the White House wants him to lead efforts toward political reconciliation in the war-torn country. Vice President Biden, who as a senator advocated a plan to partition Iraq, has been tapped to oversee political reconciliation among Iraqi factions, the White House announced Tuesday. As the U.S. military met its deadline to withdraw from Iraqi cities, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said President Obama asked his No. 2 to work with Gen. Ray Odierno, the top commander in Iraq, and Amb. Christopher Hill on mending fences in...
  • Obama: We have turned over control to Iraq

    06/30/2009 11:47:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 1,619+ views
    Obama: We have turned over control to Iraq @ 2:34 pm by Jeremy P. Jacobs President Obama on Tuesday formally announced that U.S. troops have turned over control of Iraq to the country's own government and security forces. Speaking at the White House, Obama said the U.S. met today's deadline, which is part of his plan to remove all troops from Iraq by 2011. Obama noted that Iraqis are "rightly treating this day as a cause for celebration," but he also noted that challenges still lie ahead. "With this progress comes responsibility," he said. "Iraq's future is in the hands...
  • In pictures: Iraq hails Sovereignty day {When does America declare a Sovereignty day?}

    06/30/2009 5:41:54 AM PDT · by drpix · 13 replies · 591+ views
    bbc.co.uk ^ | 6/30/09 | staff
    For once the loud explosions piercing the Baghdad night are the sounds of celebration rather than violence and bloodshed, as a new national holiday is announced to mark US troops leaving Iraq's towns and cities.
  • 4 soldiers killed in Baghdad, U.S. military says

    06/30/2009 4:14:36 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 903+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 06/30/09 | AP
    BAGHDAD - Four U.S. soldiers were killed in combat on the eve of the withdrawal of American troops from Baghdad and other Iraq cities, the U.S. military said, as Iraqi forces on Tuesday assumed control for security in urban areas. The U.S. military said the four soldiers served with the Multi-National Division-Baghdad but did not provide further details pending notification of their families. It said they died as a "result of combat related injuries." The withdrawal that was completed on Monday is part of a U.S.-Iraqi security pact and marks the first major step toward withdrawing all American forces from...
  • BYE-BYE, BABYLON EXITING IRAQ'S CITIES, VICTORIOUS

    06/30/2009 3:13:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 919+ views
    NYPost ^ | June 30, 2009 | Ralph Peters
    OUR effort in Iraq passed a major milestone today: Our troops are leaving the cities. Advisers remain in place. Joint patrols will still occur. And our forces will wait nearby to respond to Iraqi calls for support. But the last of the bases and US-only outposts within Iraq's urban centers will be vacated. Terrorists have already begun testing the new security arrangements. Iraqi forces won't always pass with flying colors. Yet this situation seemed a pipe dream not so long ago: Iraq's security forces, serving an elected government, assume primary responsibility for the good order of their own country. We...
  • Fireworks over Baghdad as Iraqis take over cities

    06/29/2009 7:59:57 PM PDT · by BillyKess · 25 replies · 1,744+ views
    BAGHDAD – Iraqi forces assumed formal control of Baghdad and other cities Tuesday after American troops handed over security in urban areas in a defining step toward ending the U.S. combat role in the country. A countdown clock broadcast on Iraqi TV ticked to zero as the midnight deadline passed for U.S. combat troops to finish their pullback to bases outside cities. "The withdrawal of American troops is completed now from all cities after everything they sacrificed for the sake of security," said Sadiq al-Rikabi, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. "We are now celebrating the restoration of...
  • On the Ground: Forces Mark Progress in Iraq Security Transfer

    06/29/2009 4:57:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 271+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 – As the security agreement deadline looms, U.S. and Iraqi forces celebrated the transition of security in Iraq’s cities from coalition to Iraqi control and commemorated the transfer of a combat outpost and security station. Sameer Al-Haddad, receivership secretariat and representative to the prime minister, and Army Capt. Timothy Stephenson commemorate the signing over of Joint Security Station Aziziyah to the Iraqi army in Wasit province, Iraq, June 23, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Allison Churchill  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The U.S.-Iraq security agreement calls for the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from...
  • Iraqi Troops Ready for Added Responsibility, Pentagon Spokesman Says

    06/29/2009 4:43:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 493+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, June 29, 2009 – The withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from all Iraqi cities and towns was completed over the weekend and ahead of tomorrow’s deadline, a Pentagon spokesman said on a cable TV news show today. “Overall, the security situation is stable enough for Iraqi security forces to take on this added responsibility,” Geoff Morrell said on CNN’s “Newsroom.” “It’s one that they want, and it’s one that the commanders on the ground feel they are capable of taking on. “It has to be OK because there’s a legal agreement, which forces us to abide by these timelines,”...
  • Fireworks over Baghdad as Iraqis take over cities

    06/29/2009 4:46:46 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 8 replies · 1,156+ views
    Yahoo /AP ^ | 06/29/2009 | KIM GAMEL and PATRICK QUINN
    BAGHDAD – Iraqi forces assumed formal control of Baghdad and other cities Tuesday after American troops handed over security in urban areas in a defining step toward ending the U.S. combat role in the country. A countdown clock broadcast on Iraqi TV ticked to zero as the midnight deadline passed for U.S. combat troops to finish their pullback to bases outside cities. "The withdrawal of American troops is completed now from all cities after everything they sacrificed for the sake of security," said Sadiq al-Rikabi, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. "We are now celebrating the restoration of...
  • With a cloud of dust, the U.S. pulls out of Najaf

    06/29/2009 4:29:07 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 2 replies · 742+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | June 29, 2009 | Seth Robson,
    NAJAF, Iraq — A stream of U.S. military trucks laden with supplies rolled down a dusty four-lane highway over the weekend, ending the U.S. presence in one of Shiite Islam’s holiest cities. Coalition forces, including U.S., British and Spanish troops, have patrolled Najaf, with its population of around 900,000, since it was captured by the 101st Airborne Division in April 2003. The city has had its share of violence since then. Uprisings by firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia in 2004 sparked fierce fighting in the Wadi al-Salem — a sprawling cemetery where Shiites from around the world hope to be...