Iraqi Units Take Over in Kirkuk

Hmm, the only sources that seem to reference this are the Stars And Strips, The Kurdish Times, and Radio Free Europe (though it is a one sentence blurb). I wonder why? (from Defense Link)

Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division transferred responsibility of security for the majority of the Kirkuk Province to two battalions of the Iraqi Army during a ceremony at an Iraqi military compound just outside of Kirkuk, Aug. 31.

"With this ceremony, we complete the transfer of security responsibilities from our friends, the Coalition Forces, to our Brigade," said Maj. Gen. Anwar, commander of the 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division. Two battalions in the multi-ethnic (Arab, Kurdish, Turkomen) 2nd Brigade had previously assumed security responsibilities in other sectors of the Kirkuk Province. This ceremony, with the final two battalions assuming responsibility, demonstrates the readiness of Iraqi Army forces in the province.

Interesting. We are actually handing off security of Iraq to the Iraqi's. I thought that Iraq was a miserable failure, with no progress in getting the Iraqi's to "stand up."

Why doesn't the media tell us these things? You would think that they want Operation Iraqi Freedom to fail or something.

Nice grassy lawn at the compound, eh? Make a good driving range Foot in mouth

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One Response to “Iraqi Units Take Over in Kirkuk”

  1. Stacy says:

    That’s good news Teach, thanks for letting us know. I haven’t been keeping up with much this week, so I’m thrilled to read this.

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