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.
This backgrounder provides a bulletized summary of Operation Phantom Thunder.
This order of battle describes U.S. forces involved in Operation Phantom Thunder.
Al-Qaeda blew up a bridge on Sunday using a suicide truck bomb, the latest in a series of attacks against bridges in Baghdad and the “belts” of territory surrounding the capital.