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Iraqi troops to take control of former restive province

July 1, 2018
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U.S.-led coalition troops are scheduled to hand over control of a onetime hub of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq to Iraqi forces on Monday, a senior American military official said. (CNN — 2 September, 2008)
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The western province, once a stronghold of the Sunni insurgency, was handed over to the Iraqi government. (New York Times — 2 September, 2008)
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BAGHDAD, Sept. 1 — The U.S. military on Monday handed the Iraqi government control of security in Anbar province, the former Sunni insurgency stronghold that is now one of the safest areas in the country.

(Washington Post — 5 hours ago)
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Coalition troops formally handed over security control of Iraq’s Anbar province to Iraqis on Monday. (CNN — 1 September, 2008)
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The Iraqi government will assume responsibility for paying and employing citizen patrols known as Awakening Councils, American military officials said. (New York Times — 2 September, 2008)
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The U.S. military handed over Iraqs western Anbar province to Iraqi security forces, less than two years after the region was all but lost to a Sunni Arab insurgency. (New York Times — 1 September, 2008)
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The U.S. military handed over security control of the Iraqi province of Anbar to Iraqi forces on Monday, although a top commander said the drawdown of Marines in the formally restive region would be gradual. (MSNBC — 1 September, 2008)
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While signs of stability are emerging in Iraq’s Diyala province as the U.S.-backed Iraqi offensive enters its second month. The question is whether the latest attempt to pacify the province will succeed. (MSNBC — 30 August, 2008)
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