Grim over at Blackfive has a post up about another major milestone that just happened today. I'm betting it probably won't make any newspapers though. It's called COIN: Iraqi Police take over in Fallujah.
The Fighting 6th Marines are celebrating today, as a major -- oh, let's call it a "benchmark" -- is reached:
The last battalion of Iraqi soldiers with 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, withdrew from the Anbar Province city of Fallujah, Sept. 1, leaving the city’s security and stability in the hands of the local police and government.
Brig. Gen. Ali al-Hashemi, the brigade’s commander, said the time had come when Iraqi Police alone could handle law enforcement in the city.
You can tell our Marines are proud to see their AO blossom, but a great deal of credit belongs to the Iraqis of Anbar as well.
Tough call there given the competition, I mean Teddy, Reid, Larry Craig but Chuck Schumer is just so consistently low and mean. Plus he is so ruthless in getting in front of a camera, there is plenty of ammo. Today was just a little soliloquizing on the Senate floor.
I feel his pain, it is hard to stand there all pompous ass-like and try to make the case that even though the surge is working, neither W nor the troops deserve any credit. Now that is a stretch, and poor Chuck face planted.
- The September 2007 updates to the Iraqi Security Forces Order of Battle are now available at the ISF OOB Page. Significant changes include a shift in focus to re-enforce Basrah, the establishment of three more "Operational Commands," the expansion and development of the Iraqi Air Force, and the potential reduction of the Iraqi National Police for lack of available competent and trustworthy leadership. The significant changes to the Order of Battle are summarized below.
Baghdad, Sept 5, (VOI)- The spokesman for the Multi-National forces in Iraq Brigadier General Kevin Bergner said on Wednesday that cells from the Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi army did not obey the Sadr’s order to freeze their activities, accusing them of “practicing armed activities.”