Monday, January 14, 2008

Marines Leaving Anbar

Who would have thought that 12 months ago the Marines would be leaving a safer Al Anbar province who cannot be proud of their efforts the efforts of Iraqis

CAMP RIPPER, Iraq, Jan. 14, 2008 – After more than 12 months of hard work in Iraq’s Anbar province, the Marines and sailors of Regimental Combat Team 2 are finally heading home.

A telling line

The Iraqi Army brigades have grown 200 percent in the last seven months,” Clardy said. “The Iraqi police have also grown by 40 percent. This growth, and improvements in Iraqi security forces, highlights the commitment by the tribes to their own future alongside coalition forces and the Iraqi government.”
Make no mistake about it, we are still at war,” Clardy said. “Al Qaeda still exists in AO Denver, if only through their minions. These extremists are committed to their illegitimate extremist views and undermining the path to peace. They are still driven to harm Americans and Iraqis alike.”

If the awaking sticks like it appears to be doing this will have to go down as one of the greatest feats of COIN warfare, cultural awakening and a peoples willingness to throw off the yoke of oppressors ever. In a backwards way reminds me of our own revolution.

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