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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 10:28 AM
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LAT: U.S. Is Ceding More Control to the Iraqis
U.S. Is Ceding More Control to the Iraqis
The military quickens the pace of transferring quiet areas to security forces, whose improving capabilities are key to America's exit plans.

By Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writer


TIKRIT, Iraq Seeking to lower the visibility of U.S. troops and grant more authority to Iraqi government forces, the American military has now ceded control of 27 of the nation's 109 bases, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

Thousands of U.S. troops have been redeployed in recent months from bases in Najaf, Karbala, Tikrit and other cities, and Iraqis are now in charge of patrol areas that include four districts of Baghdad and the town of Taiji, northeast of the capital.

On Friday, American officials announced that the next major military installation expected to be transferred to Iraqi control was former President Saddam Hussein's palace complex in Tikrit. The site has been renamed Forward Operating Base Danger and currently houses more than 6,000 U.S. troops.

Iraqi and U.S. officials said they had quickened the pace of such security transfers in recent weeks and planned to formalize what had been an ad hoc, piecemeal approach.

"We've already handed over nine different areas north of Baghdad as part of a national plan," said Robert Holby, a State Department official assigned to Tikrit. "We want to put an Iraqi face on things. Everybody thinks that if we move away from the cities, this will make the violence go down."...


http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-bas...
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 11:32 AM
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1. for how long. one month, two months?
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cliss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 01:06 PM
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3. Exactly my thought. How long?
Think: chameleon. The Iraqis will bide their time. We can safely say that THEY ALL want the occupiers out. They'll smile; they'll co-operate.

And once the occupier leaves....
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DLnyc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 12:24 PM
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2. Sort of undermines the logic of "staying the course", since our presence
is evidently the largest factor driving the violence.

"'Everybody thinks that if we move away from the cities, this will make the violence go down.'"

Who'd a thunk it?
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FVZA_Colonel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 01:25 PM
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4. Good, maybe we'll be able to leave soon.
n/t.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 01:45 PM
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5. From the article:
Iraqi and American officials involved in negotiating the hand-overs say they are a first, small step toward the eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops. The current troop level in Iraq 161,000 is the highest of the war. The contingent was increased recently to prepare for the Oct. 15 constitutional referendum.
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FVZA_Colonel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 01:47 PM
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6. Well, I was wrong.
Boy is my face red.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 01:49 PM
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7. I thought you were right! They're saying, at least, that this is a step..
toward withdrawal.
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FVZA_Colonel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 01:53 PM
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8. I guess I misread the section you posted.
From what I saw, despite what they had said, troop levels had increased recently; though, hopefully, they will begin to drop off.
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DeepModem Mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 02:29 PM
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11. That's true -- they've increased, but I guess they hope...
they'll start decreasing. I'm not holding my breath, unless they're wanting to point to a decrease before the 2006 elections.
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tatertop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 02:06 PM
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9. We will still be there in 2008, and in full force
The US Army has become the fighting wing of PNAC.
What's best for PNAC is what's worst for America.
Expect more of the same.
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 02:13 PM
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10. I don't think the U.S. is gonn a walk away from those new
fourteen military installations that are near completion. After all we did spend billions on the construction of these high tech centers.
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WhiteTara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-29-05 02:33 PM
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12. Negroponte is ramping up the death squads
and they are blood filled enough to now go kill their own.
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