Skip to comments.First province under total Iraqi control
Posted on 07/14/2006 3:19:35 PM PDT by SandRat
Iraqi security forces celebrate at a ceremony in Samawah, in southern Iraq, on July 13. Full responsibility for the province was handed over to the al-Muthanna provincial government by Coaltion forces. It is the first of Iraq's 18 provinces to have total responsibility for security.
SAMAWAH - Hundreds gathered in Samawah, the capital of al-Muthanna province in southern Iraq, to witness the formal passing of responsibility for security and governance from Coalition forces to Iraqi control today.
Al-Muthanna is the first of Iraqs 18 provinces to have complete responsibility for its own security.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki attended the ceremony along with other Iraqi government officials.
Air Force Major Gen. Kurt A. Cichowski, Multi-National Force Iraq deputy chief of staff for strategy, plans and assessment, also attended the ceremony and said al-Muthanna's success is an important step forward for Iraq.
First one down, 17 to go, said Cichowski who oversaw the effort leading up to the transfer.
Next week we start working on the rest of them, he said.
British and Australian troops are slated to move their operations to other areas of the country, while more than 600 Japanese troops are already in the process of deploying home.
Since January, more than 3,000 police officers and 1,800 Iraqi Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 10th Iraqi Army Brigade have been trained to handle al-Muthannas security.Citizens, policemen and Soldiers attending the ceremony cheered and pumped their fists in jubilation after Al-Maliki promised unwavering government support to the province of more than 500,000.
We promise to give you what you need to fight the terrorists, al-Maliki said.
Cut-n-Run Clowns proved wrong --- AGAIN!!!!
Well, the libs would say "What a revolting development this is!"
Now can we send Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson over there to win over success for the other provinces? You know..just by their flashing their smiles, everything should be fine!
But, but, but, what about a TIME TABLE?
This is great news, and not just for the coalition forces but also for Iraq. And all we'll ever hear about it from the MSM is if an Iraqi soldier does something "wrong."