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2/3rds Of Provinces Under Iraqi Control

From a perturbed Associated Press:

[AP photo and caption:] Iraqi army soldiers insect a damaged car after a suicide car bomber targeted a government convoy, in Bab al-Sharji area, central Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008. The suicide car bomber targeted an Iraqi minister during rush hour Thursday morning in Baghdad, killing at least 13 people and wounding more than 20 others. The Shiite minister, Mahmoud Mohammed al-Radhi, escaped unharmed but three of his guards were killed, officials said.

US turns over control of 12th Iraqi province


BABYLON, Iraq (AP) — The U.S. relinquished control of a southern province that includes Sunni areas once known as the “triangle of death,” handing security responsibility to the Iraqi government on Thursday. In the capital, where insurgent attacks continue nearly daily, a car bomber targeted a government minister’s convoy, killing at least 13 people.

Babil is the 12th of 18 Iraqi provinces to be placed under Iraqi control and a sign of the improving security. U.S. forces will remain in the area to assist the Iraqis when needed.

At a transfer ceremony held near the ruins of the ancient city of Babylon, Lt. Gen. Lloyd Austin, the No. 2 U.S. commander in Iraq, said security gains have been remarkable — with the number of attacks falling about 80 percent from an average of 20 per week a year ago.

But he cautioned that “while the enemies of Iraq are down, they are not necessarily defeated.”

With Babil’s handover to the Iraqi government, the only province left under U.S. control in southern Iraq is Wasit, a rural desert region that borders Iran and has been a conduit for the smuggling of Iranian-backed Shiite militants and weapons into Iraq.

Wasit will be transferred to Iraqi authorities on Oct. 29, said Maj. Gen. Michael Oates, U.S. commander south of Baghdad.

Other provinces that remain to be handed over are north of the capital, where violence has been slower to decline after insurgents fled security crackdowns in Baghdad and surrounding areas.

Salim al-Musilmawi, Babil’s provincial governor, credited tribal leaders and Sunnis who turned against al-Qaida in Iraq in a U.S.-funded revolt with the downturn in violence.

“Today’s security handover is the fruit of the victory over al-Qaida,” he said at the ceremony, which included a brass band, marching army squadrons and a simulated riot response by an armored police unit…

More good news from Iraq that most of our citizenry will never hear.

Babil is the 12th of 18 Iraqi provinces to be placed under Iraqi control and a sign of the improving security…

That means two thirds of Iraq (2/3rds) is now under the full control of the Iraqi government. But that fact is only mentioned in passing in this AP piece.

Indeed, as indicated by the photograph accompanying this article, this report was mostly devoted to describing the latest terrorist attacks.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 23rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “2/3rds Of Provinces Under Iraqi Control”

  1. Don’t you realize that booshitler is manipulating the neocon dominated MSM to further justify his illegal bloodyoil war, and insure a third term for his ‘voted with him 90%’ puppet??

    Succumb to the fifth column & Powell up. Every tear shall be wiped away.

    More Kool-aid?

  2. 1sttofight says:

    No thanks locomotivebreath1901 , I will take another swig of bourbon and vote for Sarahcuda.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    You want to know a secret – 5 of those provinces have been the root and source of all the instablility of Iraq since the get-go and (possibly) if the msm had not jumped ship in the 3rd week of OIF we would not be here 5 years later still attempting to clean up the mess created in that chaos of May 2003.

    Yes, the msm does not want any good news on the GWOT (most especially Iraq) to be front page news in these last 2 weeks – must keep the failing economy front and center so that the Master of the Universe wanna-be can even have a glimmer of hope of winning on Nov 4th – I suspect we won’t be hearing much from Biden either in these last days.

    I commented to a woman (who was tracking her son on the way back stateside from Iraq) in line (to a McCain/Palin rally) – that my son’s former unit (actually it is most of the DIV) is preparing to come home from Iraq and have not lost a soldier since July (shouldn’t that be front page news?!?) and she said her son’s unit has not lost a soldier in any of their deployments – again, shouldn’t that be front page news?

    I despise the msm now – and wonder how long it has been since truth, investigative reporting and honest research has been missing – and sad that I’ve not noticed until ‘selected not elected’ became the talking point of the nation.

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