Good News: Iraq Announces Transition of Security in Maysan

“I still get emotional and take a deep breath when I read or hear and Iraqi politician speak about serving Iraqis and helping them. Only over the last 3 years do I hear Iraqi politicians wanting to serve and help their countrymen, instead of oppress, threaten, abuse and kill them.”

Haider Ajina
Iraqi-American
January 23, 2007


Maysan Province will be the next Iraqi Province to turn over security operations completely to the Iraqi provincial government in the coming days.

Maysan will be the third southern province and fourth Iraqi province out of 18 to take over security operations!

Haider Ajina writes with this good news from Iraq:
The following is an article in Iraq’s ‘Aswat Aliraq’ news agency dated January 23, 2007:

(Aswat Aliraq) Voices of Iraq / Missan
Posted by Nadioshka on Jan 23, 2007 – 11:21 PM
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Missan (Maysan)-Security
Missan to take over security in few days – official
By Nazar al-Radi

Amara, Jan 23, (VOI) – The southern Iraqi province of Missan will take over security from the British forces within the coming few days, Missan police chief said on Tuesday.

The coming days “will witness complete and full take over of the security file in Missan from the British forces which are part of the Multi-National forces in south Iraq,” Major general Hassan Ali Mali told a news conference in Amara, the capital city of Missan.

Mali did not give a date for the step but said: “Preparations were underway to complete providing the police force with weapons and equipments needed to enhance their combat abilities and skills.”

Missan will be the third southern Iraqi province to take over security after Samawa and Thi Qar, which took control of security last year.

Haider comments:

Iraqi security forces and provincial authorities are taking over responsibility as we train them to do so, and they prove they are up to the task. Iraqis do not want to take full responsibility until they are ready to do so, nor should we put them in positions to take over until they are ready.

The new Iraqi security plan for Baghdad will be called operation “Enforce the Law or Guard the Law” and is implemented in cooperation with MNF (multi national forces), mostly US troops. This operation is to start very soon. It will not distinguish between Shiite or Sunni, Arab or Kurd or Turkmen etc.

Al-Maliki said (in an interview with the LA time on the 17th) that all militias and armed groups are referred to as ‘outlaws’ and thus illegal and to be brought to justice. Any member of the Iraqi security who shelters or discriminates in favor of any of these outlaw groups will be punished severely. This new operation will not allow any politician to interfere with its execution.

In this same interview, Al-Maliki says that Iraq needs the continued US help politically, commercially or economically, militarily and Iraq needs a long lasting relationship with the USA. (you didn’t here that in the media’s negative reports on Maliki, though!)

He also said:

“We feel and know the great help the United States and President Bush gave us, they rescued Iraq from oppression and dictatorship and helped set up the current democratic government in Iraq, even though it still needs to mature, and the freedom Iraqis enjoy. None of this would have happened with out the effort (of the USA) and hard work. Thus, exists a close relationship of mutual interests between President bush and me and between Iraq and the USA. Our success is presidents Bush’s success and America’s success and failure will affect both of us. Thus, we have very close and regular dialogue. We may some times disagree about certain matters but we eventually come to an agreement. He also said that the USA can start reducing its forces three to six months from now and only once the Iraqi forces have been equipped and prepared to take over.

In the same interview, Maliki was asked about the Iraqi budget. He announced that the 2007 budget was 14 billion dollars larger than 2006 budget. Ten billion of the 2007 budget will be spent on infra structure improvement and privatization. A larger portion of the budget will be spent on services for victims of violence and families of the dead, as well as reducing unemployment. This will definitely improve the political and security situation.

I still get emotional and take a deep breath when I read or hear and Iraqi politician speak about serving Iraqis and helping them. Only over the last 3 years do I hear Iraqi politicians wanting to serve and help their countrymen, instead of oppress, threaten, abuse and kill them. This change (in Iraq) has happened thanks to our men and women of the US military and government.

Regards,
Haider Ajina

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