As part of a series of interviews with Brigade and Division-level commanders in Iraq, I spoke today with COL David Sutherland, commander of the 3rd BCT, 1st Cavalry Division, about the impressive U.S. operations in the Diyala River Valley during the summer of 2007. You can access the video, Col. Sutherland's briefing slides, and the transcript below.
The brigade responsible for most of Diyala in 2007 is rotating home, beginning the drawdown of U.S. troops. Yet force levels in Diyala will remain constant.
MND-C operation aiming to promote security in the southern and eastern belts of Baghdad.
Wahash and Iskan constitute a key conflict zone between Shi'a and Sunni militias in West Baghdad.
The Rusafa security district provides an interesting look at a complex Baghdad neighborhood with strategic significance and changing demographics.
There is perhaps no greater danger to the success of American efforts in Iraq than the prospect of a congressionally mandated timeline for withdrawal.
The refrain of ‘concerned citizens’ and ‘reconciliation’, so familiar in the news emanating from places like Anbar and Diyala, has found a degree of resonance in the Iraqi capital.