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Iraq's army and police could be ready to take over security in all 18 provinces by the end of this year as the U.S. military moves toward a less prominent role in the country, U.S. officials said on Thursday.
"We look at it every month. We make recommendations. I think that if we continue along the path we're on now, we'll be able to do that by the end of 2008," Lt. Gen. Ray Odiern said when asked when Iraqi forces could take the lead in all provinces.
Iraqi security forces are now in control of nine provinces after assuming control of Iraqi's southern oil hub, Basra, in December. Iraqi forces are also expected to take control in Anbar province, a one-time insurgent stronghold, as early as March.
Originally posted by biggie smalls
Maybe we shouldn't have disbanded the Iraqi military in the first place; most of them weren't even loyal to Saddam and now we're probably training the same people who were relieved of duty a few years ago.