This is the first in a series of reports profiling the units of the 6th Iraqi Army Division. The units discussed here are located west and south of Baghdad.
Phantom Strike, a series of targeted joint operations against al Qaeda, Sunni, and Shi'a insurgent elements
in Baghdad and the surrounding areas, was launched on August 13, 2007.
What began in Anbar as a local movement of tribes is developing into a national phenomenon.
The 8th Iraqi Army Division (IAD), commanded by Major General Othman Farhood, is based ninety miles southeast of Baghdad in Diwaniyah.
To say that the surge is failing is absurd. Instead Congress should be asking this question: Can the current progress continue?
The new strategy for Iraq has entered its second phase. Now that all of the additional combat forces have arrived in theater, Generals Petraeus and Odierno have launched Operation Phantom Thunder.