The U.S.-led coalition has been gradually transferring control of security to the Iraqi government and Britain's handover of southern Basra was the latest in a series that began in July 2006. The Iraqi forces now control over half of 18 provinces, including Anbar and central areas where violence has flagged but not yet stopped...
A view of a Basra after Brit's Departure:
And as al-Qaeda pushes to gain control of several villages around Khalis, 50 miles north of Baghdad, they are being "pushed back" by Iraqi forces...
from Euphrates hideouts (Iskandariyah)
This was a former US Troop hand-over to Iraqi Forces:
Abdul Karim al-Rubaie of the provincial command center:
"It is a battle of life and death, it is a continuous fight until we cleanse all the villages on the outskirts of Khalis," said Sheik Zuhair al-Obeidi, who was involved in Sunday's fighting." read more