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Homeland Security Advisory

April 05, 2007

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Life Improves In Baghdad



Iraq Rolls Back Curfew By 2 Hours

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government announced plans Tuesday to shorten the curfew in the capital by two hours, saying security had improved enough to let residents stay on the streets until 10 p.m.
Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, the spokesman for the Baghdad security operation, said the curfew had been shortened "because the security situation has improved and people needed more time to go shopping."



Since the latest security operation began on Feb. 14, the military had enforced a 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. Before the joint U.S.-Iraqi crackdown, curfew had been from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Violence in the capital has decreased rapidly since the nearly 7-week- old neighborhood-by-neighborhood sweep to quell sectarian violence in the capital began.

On Sunday, a congressional delegation led by Sen. John McCain, guarded by U.S. soldiers, toured a Baghdad market in a visit he said showed security had improved in the capital.

But Karim Abdullah, a 37-year-old textile merchant in the Shorja market, said the congressmen were kept under tight security and accompanied by dozens of U.S. troops.



"They were laughing and talking to people as if there was nothing going on in this country or at least they were pretending that they were tourists and were visiting the city's old market and buying souvenir," he said.

A senior U.S. military official in Baghdad said about 100 American soldiers were part of the security contingent but most of them stayed behind with the vehicles, estimating that no more than 20 troops went with the congressmen as they roamed the streets of the market, which has been hit by several recent bombings, including a February attack that killed 137 people.

The official, who accompanied the congressman on the market visit but spoke on condition of anonymity while discussing security arrangements, said Iraqis were not kept from approaching the dignitaries. Access to the market was closed to vehicles as part of a daily ban during business hours to prevent car bombs. He said sharpshooters were likely on nearby roofs and two Apache attack helicopters flew overhead, but said that was not unusual for visiting dignitaries.

The official said the congressmen had flown from the Green Zone in helicopters to a forward operating base in Baghdad, then traveled in Humvees to the market, getting stuck in traffic at one point. They then visited a U.S.-Iraq joint security station in the predominantly Shiite Karradah neighborhood, one of Baghdad's safest.

McCain, a Republican presidential hopeful who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, appeared at a news conference shortly after the market visit to say it was proof that security was improving in the capital.

He acknowledged a difficult task lies ahead in Iraq, but he insisted the U.S.-Iraqi security plan was working, citing a recent drop in execution-style sectarian killings, the establishment of security posts throughout the city and Sunni tribal efforts against al-Qaida in the western Anbar province.

"These and other indicators are reason for cautious, very cautious optimism about the effects of the new strategy," McCain said.

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So the security situation is improving in Baghdad and the Pelosi led Congress wont fund the Troops without a "Date Certain For Withdrawl", and without adding "Peanut Storage" to the bill. Unreal. Gee you would almost think the Democrat's dont want thier own Country to win this war on terror. Wonder why?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

My apologies for posting in an open thread but I could not find an email address on your blog.

I wanted to invite you to join our mailing list.

As Military Public Affairs we have been reaching out to those of you who operate blogs. We send out, via email, press releases and news stories as they become available. Many times we can get these products out to the electronic media before they become available via the mainstream media.

Also, if you think it would be fitting for your blog, we are always looking to promote our website and would be honored if you would consider adding a link to our site on your blog.

I appreciate your time today and look forward to hearing back from you.

zieglepa@centcom.mil

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Spc. Patrick A. Ziegler
U.S. Central Command
Public Affairs

April 05, 2007 5:50 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Anon,

Since you are from Centcom you may post here any time you like!

I have a link to your site on my other blog, FOR THE TROOPS I thought I had a link on this one but now I need to find it again or just grab it from my other blog.

Thank's for the head's up :-)

April 05, 2007 11:00 AM  

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