Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Victory: National Sovereignty Day

Army Capt. Rich Turvey, commander of 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, signs over Joint Security Station Salaam to Iraqi army 1st Lt. Jassim Abbas at a transfer ceremony near Numaniyah, Iraq, June 20, 2009. In accordance with the U.S.-Iraqi security agreement, Iraqi security forces took full ownership of security in their cities, towns and villages on June 30, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson


CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, June 30, 2009 – In accordance with Article 5 of the security agreement between the U.S. and Iraqi governments, Iraqi security forces now have full ownership of security in their cities, towns and villages.

“As of today, U.S. combat forces will turn over the security of cities to Iraqi security forces, and begin a period where our primary security role is one of training, mentoring and advising the ISF,” said Army Maj. Gen. Rick Nash, Multinational Division South commander. “Today’s ISF is capable, ready and dedicated to keeping the people of Iraq safe.”

Nash praised the dedication of the Iraqi security forces as well as the proficiency of U.S. and coalition forces, and attributed the successful implementation of the security agreement to their actions.

“Iraq’s successes and significantly improved security are a testament of the ISF’s progress and its dedication to Iraq’s sovereignty,” Nash said. “The Iraqis have made strides in their ability to protect their citizens, and our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines are doing a great job in helping them build both their security forces and their civil capacity.”

Though U.S. and coalition forces no longer will inhabit Iraqi cities, they will continue to support the Iraqi security forces within the parameters of the security agreement, Nash said.

“Leaving the cities does not mean that we are backing off,” he said. “Instead, it indicates our confidence in the Iraqis to safeguard their own citizens. Likewise, the security agreement is a tangible, positive sign of a mature relationship between two sovereign nations.”

In accordance with agreement, U.S. forces will withdraw from all Iraqi territory by Dec. 31, 2011. Today will be remembered as a significant step toward the realization of that objective, Nash noted.

“So, on this important day of transition in Iraq, our two nations move forward together as friends, with the shared goal of the safety and security of the Iraqi people,” he said. “I am very encouraged about the future success of Iraq.”

Iraqi security forces celebrate during the withdrawal of U.S. troops in Baghdad June 30, 2009.
REUTERS/Ahmed Malik

Also, read my post on 6 wounded warriors who returned to Iraq last week to achieve closure.

And another post on the topic matter.

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Blogger Z said...

Oh, dear..an honest appraisal of this day. thanks for this.
Sparky, this ticked me SO OFF:


the media, at it again.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Now we find out if we were successful.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 1:23:00 PM  
Blogger christian soldier said...

How great minds think-I posted a VICTORY post this evening--Yours is more concise...
May I 'swipe' the photo from the top and link to you as well...:-)
Tank WS-our BEST are the BEST..and deserve our thanks...

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 9:13:00 PM  
Blogger The Wordsmith said...

Wow, another wordsmith.. LOL

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 7:57:00 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Shoprat just hit it outta the ballpark. Now we find out how effective we may or may not have been.


Wednesday, July 01, 2009 12:08:00 PM  
Blogger RaDena said...

They look really happy about our troops leaving. I only hope they are up to the job!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 4:15:00 PM  
Anonymous tapline said...

They are up to the job, but will they do their job? That is the question.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009 11:58:00 PM  
Blogger Average American said...

Well, I think it might be safe to say that "Tuesday was the first day of the rest of the War."

As we transition to our new role, I just realized that it is basically the role of "Advisor." Isn't that how we often times START a War? Maybe the new line-up will be the key to winning. It makes sense to me.

Thursday, July 02, 2009 7:57:00 AM  

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