Skip to comments.Al-Anbar rejection of al-Qaeda creates economic, political opportunities
Posted on 05/23/2007 4:37:55 PM PDT by SandRat
BAGHDAD The deputy commander of Multi-National Division-West and the governor of Al-Anbar province held a press conference at the Combined Press Information Center Tuesday.
U.S.Marine Corps Brig. Gen. John Allen, deputy commander of MND-W, and Mamoun Sami Rashid Al-Awani, the governor of Al-Anbar province, discussed the progression of security and stability in Al-Anbar province.
The Al-Anbar province is in transition, said Allen. The recent improvement in the security situation across the province has created significant political and economic opportunities.
Recently, Al-Anbar citizens have made several big steps engaging al-Qaeda in the province and have grown politically and economically closer with the Iraqi central government.
There are dramatic changes in Al-Anbar, said Allen. The Anbaris have rejected al-Qaedas
The security improvements have been brought about by a groundswell of opposition to al-Qaeda, represented in the fact that just in a year, the police forces in Al-Anbar have grown from about 2,000 to 14,500, he added.
As tribal and elder leaders in Al-Anbar province offer their sons to combat terrorism through the Iraqi Army or Iraqi Police, Coalition forces are optimistic about the overall situation in the province.
A partnership exists today in Al-Anbar province between Coalition forces, the Iraqi Police and Iraqi Army, said Allen. By and large, al-Qaeda has been expelled out of the population centers.
As efforts in security progress, the economy in Al-Anbar province is expected to pick up.
In 2006, we finished more than 160 projects all over the province, said Al-Awani. Thankfully, this year, things have been different [because of security progress], and we are carrying out more projects in Al-Anbar province than we have conducted last year.
While the Al-Anbar province has improved economically and in security, al-Qaeda continues to attack Iraqi and Coalition forces.
There are still some security issues, and there will be spectacular attacks by al-Qaeda to gain headlines and to grab attention, said Allen.
With the arrival of more Coalition troops to support Al-Anbar in pursuing al-Qaeda, the Al-Anbar provincial government is expected to focus more on reconstruction and ultimately returning to normalcy.
According to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, the Multi-National Force-Iraq spokesman, the Coalition wins the war only when the Iraqis achieve peace.
While Coalition leaders expect peace in Iraq to be lengthy and difficult, Multi-National Force-Iraq remains committed to the goal of self-governance, economic prosperity and security of the population for the Iraqis.
• Coalition forces freed 12 Iraqis who were held captive and beaten by terrorists during a raid Tuesday morning on a site northeast of Karmah targeted for its ties to another terrorist detention facility.
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The terrorists losing Al Anbar province is bringing them to a quick and total defeat all over Iraq. It is similar to WW II when the Nazis lost Berlin.