On December 13, 2008, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addressed the 5th IISS Regional Security Summit in Bahrain. A transcript of both the remarks and the Q & A session is provided by IISS.
Our enemies are a complicated mix. We are fighting a global network of extremists, sometimes led by al Qaeda and other times fought by local groups who are only affiliated with or motivated by the al Qaeda ideology, or one like it.
Lessons from Lincoln: On Being a War Presidentby LTG James Dubik (ret.), AUSA Institute of Land Warfare, December 2008
The transfer of fiscal and command responsibility for the Sons of Iraq (SoI) program began in earnest on November 10, 2008.
The link below contains the translation of the Status of Forces Agreement that was recently approved by the Iraqi Cabinet after months of contentious negotiations. The agreement will be put up for a vote by the Iraqi National Assembly before November 25.
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Translated from the Arabic by Sahar Issa, Jenan Hussein and Hussein Kadhim of the McClatchy Baghdad Bureau.
Image courtesy of The Weekly Standard.
Map of Major Roads of Anbar Province