Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Good to see some leadership in Iraq

Finally, it is good to see some leadership in Iraq. The new Iraqi PM has sent 70,000 Iraqi troops into Bagdad to crack down on the violence.

Iraqi PM sets in motion major security crackdown in Baghdad

Iraq's prime minister launched the biggest security crackdown in Baghdad since the U.S.-led invasion, with tens of thousands of security forces deploying throughout the capital on Wednesday and increased checkpoints causing some traffic jams.

The crackdown, which army officials said was dubbed Operation Forward Together, began a day after U.S. President George W. Bush paid a surprise visit to Baghdad, promising continued U.S. support for Iraqis but cautioning them that "the future of the country is in your hands."

An Iraqi army official, who declined to named because he was not authorized to release the information, said two divisions had been deployed in the capital, which would be about 20,000 soldiers, along with some 50,000 Interior Ministry forces.

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