And now for the actual news of the day….Anbar is now in Iraq’s hands.
You remember Anbar don’t you? Fallujah, Ramadi.
This year, Iraq received a special gift to kick off Ramadan, Islam’s holy month of alternate fasts and feasts: The handover of a huge, economically resurgent, peaceful province.
More than 12,000 Marines have been withdrawn from Anbar. The remaining 25,000 US troops are packing up. That means more forces available for Afghanistan – and more time together for our military families.
The handover also means that 11 of Iraq’s 18 provinces are now the responsibility of the country’s long-derided security forces – with two more provinces scheduled to revert to full Iraqi control by year’s end.