13 July 2006


Finally an official CENTCOM release regarding Muthanna!

Joint Statement by
Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad
and Gen. George Casey
On the Transfer of Security Responsibility in
Muthanna Province

July 13, 2006

BAGHDAD – Iraq witnessed a historic event today with the transfer of security responsibility in Muthanna Province from the Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF-I) to the Provincial Governor and civilian-controlled Iraqi Security Forces. The handover represents a milestone in the successful development of Iraq’s capability to govern and protect itself as a sovereign and democratic nation. Muthanna is the first of Iraq’s 18 provinces to be designated for such a transition.

As Prime Minister Maliki announced on June 19, 2006, the joint decision between the Iraqi government and MNF-I to hand over security responsibility is the result of Muthanna’s demonstrated abilities to take the lead in managing its own security and governance duties at the provincial level. The transition decision also reflects a joint assessment of the overall threat situation in Muthanna, the capabilities of the ISF there and the provincial leadership’s ability to coordinate security. Transition teams are in place to smooth the transfer process and multi-national forces will stand ready to provide assistance if needed.

With this first transition of security responsibility, Muthanna demonstrates the progress Iraq is making toward self-governance. Several other provinces are close to meeting the criteria necessary to assume security independence. The Iraqi government and the Multi-National Force will continue to transfer security responsibilities in other provinces in Iraq as conditions are achieved.

Australian, Japanese, and the United Kingdom forces have assisted Muthanna authorities as models of international cooperation, providing economic and humanitarian assistance as well as security and stability. As Iraq develops and its needs continue to evolve, so too will the nature of international assistance to Iraq in Muthanna and elsewhere.

The United States will provide $10 million in order to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Muthanna as they take a bold and courageous step forward in the country’s movement toward an independent and secure nation. This event represents significant progress by the Government of Iraq to achieve a constitutional, democratic, and pluralistic Iraq which guarantees the rights of all citizens.
I've been saying it for almost a month now! - More Progress


Anonymous Anonymous said...

stop all this good
news,u are giving me
a headache!!!!!!wink

thank god a friend
found u!!!!!!!!!!!

stay safe bandit,if u
feel like it though,shoot
a terrorist for me!!!!

andrea/summer pj's

Blogger AubreyJ said...

Good news is always welcomed these days...

Blogger Mike H. said...

Heads up, check the Belmont Club comments.

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Anonymous Janet said...

I have learned that if I can really hurry afterward - I can get up at the same time for work in the morning and read the good news to start my day and then do the double time rock and hit the parking lot at the same time as on the old schedule. The good new starts the adrenaline and the rush pumps it through!! I have been charged by the time I get to work. Give me a cheer for good news!!!!


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