March 18, 2006


Iraqi troop control 'to spread' (Adam Brookes, 3/18/06, BBC News)

A senior US general has said 75% of Iraqi territory will soon be under the control of Iraqi security forces.

Speaking by video link from Baghdad, Lt Gen Peter Chiarelli said the progress made in building Iraq's new army and police forces had been enormous.

Iraqi forces were currently responsible for security in less than half of Iraq's territory, he said.

By the end of the summer, he said, he wanted to see three-quarters of Iraq under their control.

As was the case with Vietnamization, the key after we return control to the Iraqis is that Ted Kennedy and the Democrats never get to control the US military purse strings.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 18, 2006 8:23 AM
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