The Iraq debate in 2007 focused on whether the new strategy and troop increase could stem violence in Iraq. It did.
COL Daniel Ball, Commander, Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Baghdad, Iraq, discusses the functions of a combat aviation brigade, the nature of enemy elements in his battle space and the progression of security operations in his area over the past six months.
Report on the intra-Shia violence between the Sadrist Trend and ISCI in Diwaniyah from April to December of 2007
The Defense Department's quarterly report on stability and security in Iraq.
In the last six months, violence in Iraq has declined to some of the lowest levels since the conflict began. This document contains MNF-I and MNC-I statistics that chart this reduction in violence.
As part of a series of interviews with Brigade and Division-level commanders in Iraq, I spoke today with COL Wayne Grigsby, commander of the 3rd HBCT, 3rd Infantry Division (Sledgehammer Brigade) about the clearing of the Mad’ain Qadaa and the continuing fight against both Sunni and Shi'a extremists. You can access the audio and the transcript below.
The reemergence of Iraq's Shiite leadership comes as the Iranian regime now stands only on the religious claims of authority made by Ali Khamenei.
A Corps offensive to prevent al Qaeda, Sunni, and Shi’a insurgent elements from reconstituting their forces in Baghdad, its belts, or elsewhere.
The mid-Euphrates region of Iraq lies south of Baghdad. Its main cities include Karbala, Hillah, Kut (الكوت), Diwaniyah (الديوانية), and Najaf (النجف). The population is predominantly Shi'a in the south and generally a mixture of Sunni and Shi'a to the north of Hillah and northwest of Kut. Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) play an important role in this region, particularly the 8th Iraqi Army Division led by the capable General Othman Ali Ferhood.
Tribal movements and Sons of Iraq (SoI) groups have been a critical partner for coalition forces in stabilizing Iraq from 2006 onwards.