Friday, November 18, 2005

Iraqi Bases For Permanent Garrison Being Built Near Syrian Border

In an Operation Steel Curtain news release CENTCOM reports that new bases are being constructed for permanent forces in al Anbar province to prevent the return of terrorist insurgents routed during the campaign.

From the CENTCOM press release:
Construction of bases for the Iraqi Army and U.S. military’s long-term security presence is steadily progressing in Husaybah, Karabilah and Ubaydi. Simultaneously, Iraqi Army Soldiers and Marines continue patrolling to ensure terrorists do not return.

Three aspects of the operation which makes Steel Curtain different from previous operations in the western Euphrates River Valley are increased Iraqi Army participation, immediate establishment of long term security presence, and Iraqi Army Soldiers taking the lead in security and care of the citizens temporarily displaced by the operation.

Today, more than 15,000 Iraqi Army Soldiers are stationed in al Anbar province and recently locally recruited Soldiers are joining and operating with Iraqi Army units and U.S. forces. The Desert Protectors, recruited from the al Qaim region, fought alongside Iraqi Army Soldiers and Coalition forces in Operation Steel Curtain.
I'm reprinting this story on the off chance that our loyal, unbiased, non-partisan mainstream media completely ignores it.