Out of Anbar – progress in the Iraq war?

Aviation Calendar 2009

Aviation Calendar 2009

The military Aviation Calendar 2009 is available for $ 19.99 exclusively at The PatriArt Gallery. Preview all 13 thrilling military aircraft images — from fighter jets to Special Ops to UAVs — at The PatriArt Gallery.

From the start of the Iraq invasion, Anbar province was a symbol for everything dangerous and unwinnable with the war.

It harbored rebellious Sunni fighters opposed to the Shiite leaders in Baghdad, street battles killed more than 1,000 U.S. soldiers, and foreign infiltrators from al Qaeda trickled in to exploit the chaos. The U.S. military response, in two major battles, flattened Fallujah and badly damaged Ramadi, the key cities in the province.

But a slow rebuilding has taken place. Terrorist attacks have dropped by 90 percent. Local Sunni leaders, fed up with al Qaeda’s demands, made peace with Americans and Shiite leaders and won the right to form their own security squads. Al Qaeda fighters, who had streamed in from Syria, have faded as a force.

The turning point, months in the making, was crystallized in a ceremony in which American troops handed control to Iraqi forces. “The blows we have struck against al Qaeda in Anbar have implications far beyond Anbar’s borders,” the White House declared.

Any step in improving conditions in Iraq is welcome. The turnaround was a long time coming and built on many reasons, and it appears a turbulent corner of the country has stabilized. It’s a giant step.

But Anbar’s success is nowhere near a sweeping, permanent win.

Read the complete article

Advertisements

Tags: , , ,

One Response to “Out of Anbar – progress in the Iraq war?”

  1. Iraq » Out of Anbar - progress in the Iraq war? Says:

    […] Out of Anbar – progress in the Iraq war?Any step in improving conditions in Iraq is welcome. The turnaround was a long time coming and built on many reasons, and it appears a turbulent corner of the country has stabilized. It’sa giant step. But Anbar’s success is nowhere near … […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: