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U.S. Military Will Transfer Control of Sunni Citizen Patrols to Iraqi Government

September 27, 2018
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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 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 — 3 hours ago)
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BAGHDAD – American forces today handed security responsibility tothe Iraqis in a province that the US once feared was lost — a signof the stunning reversal of fortunes after local Sunnis turnedagainst al-Qaeda in Iraq. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane 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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BAGHDAD – US forces arrested a top Shi’ite official in Iraq’sgovernment as he stepped off a plane in Baghdad, a political allysaid today, and a US military intelligence official linked the manto a June bombing that killed four Americans and six Iraqis. – Brisbane Times (The Brisbane Times — 29 August, 2008)
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President Bush chose a bold option that was at odds with what many of his advisers initially recommended, according to documents and interviews. (New York Times — 31 August, 2008)
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