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Published:July 27th, 2007 09:57 EST
Operation Fardh al-Qanoon achieving good results

Operation Fardh al-Qanoon achieving good results

By SOP newswire

BAGHDAD — U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, commanding general, Multi-National Corps-Iraq, and Iraqi Army Lt. Gen. Aboud Ganbar, commander, Baghdad operations, Fardh al-Qanoon, held a briefing to discuss the successes of current operations in and around Baghdad at the Combined Press Information Center Thursday.

“Operations for Fardh al-Qanoon during the last five months have achieved many successes and we have many indicators by which we can judge the operation," Ganbar said.

The commanders discussed successes on several fronts ranging from military to economic victories.

The number of unidentified bodies has decreased by 90 percent. Improvised exploding device and mortar attacks have decreased to 40 percent and car bombs have decreased to 15 percent, according to Ganbar.

“We have noticed commercial movement in Baghdad after long suspension," Ganbar said. “Work in the government offices has started to be organized and many projects are carried out in Baghdad along with many services."

Ganbar also reported that the school year that just ended at all of the Baghdad schools had been one of the least violent in recent memory with no violence reported during the final examinations. He also said that services at medical facilities have increased by 300 percent.

The commanders spoke of the progress Iraqi security forces have made since the beginning of operations and is building faith of the Iraqi people in their military and police forces.

“There is clear evidence that Iraqi Security Forces are growing in strength and capacity and with such professional growth comes a confidence of the population," Ordierno said. “Security provided by competent Iraqi security forces aroused the people to go about their business of restoring economic, political, and social growth of the nation."

Reconciliation efforts with tribal leaders continue to gain momentum, Ordierno said.

“Ultimately, reconciled groups come to understand that the political process is the best way to achieve their objectives peacefully and under the rule of law instead of through violence and fear," he said.

The commanders also spoke of the tragic attacks on Iraqis celebrating following the victory of their national soccer team against South Korea. Ganbar also spoke of the great resolve he has seen in his fellow Iraqis, however.

“Our people have proved that they are united despite all the terrorism which have been exposed and now we know that terrorism has no religion. It's the enemy of all the nations and all humanity," Ganbar said.

“This is done by terrorists and it's important that the Iraqi people continue to reject these terrorists who know nothing but violence and destruction; who do not care about the future of Iraq; who do not care about the future of the Iraqi people," Ordierno said.

Since the launch of Fardh al-Qanoon and the Multi-National Corps-Iraq Operation Phantom Thunder, Iraqi Security Forces, along side Coalition forces, have had some significant success in the security arena over the past month, Ordierno said.

“The surge of coalition forces had an impact in denying sanctuary to al-Qaeda and Iraq and Shia extremists. The Iraqi security forces and Coalition forces have made a commitment to insure that we hold these gains," Odierno said.

Operation Fardh al-Qanoon and Phantom Thunder are supporting the Iraqi government's plan to secure the Iraqi population. Iraqi Army and Coalition forces have focused operations on ending the terror inflicted on the population by al-Qaeda and other illegal groups who are interested only in gaining power for themselves.

Iraqi and Coaltion forces have captured hundreds of weapons and ammunition caches found and cleared well over 1,300 explosive devices and more then two dozen vehicle-borne IEDs. Operations have also led to the capture or death of key al-Qaeda and extremist Shia leaders who have continuously attempted to bring instability to the fledgling democracy in Iraq.

(U.S. Army Story by Spc. Stephen P. Kretsinger Sr., Combined Press Information Center)