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Iraqi Army did well in South Iraq

Discussion in '2008 Archive' started by NiteShift, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. NiteShift

    NiteShift New Member

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    BASRA, Iraq (AFP) — Three weeks after Iraqi troops swarmed into the southern city of Basra to take on armed militiamen who had overrun the streets, many residents say they feel safer and that their lives have improved.

    Residents say the streets have been cleared of gunmen, markets have reopened, basic services have been resumed and a measure of normality has returned to the oil-rich city.

    The port of Umm Qasr is in the hands of the Iraqi forces who wrested control of the facility from Shiite militiamen, and according to the British military it is operational once again.

    Residents expressed relief at the improved security.

    "I am very happy about the situation right now. The deployment of the Iraqi army has made gunmen and gangsters disappear from the streets," said court employee Mahdi Fallah, 42.

    "The gangs were controlling the ports and smuggling oil. Now the ports are back in government hands. Everything in Basra is better than before."

    Taxi driver Samir Hashim, 35, said he now felt safer driving through the city's streets and was willing to put up with the traffic jams caused by the many security checkpoints.

    "We feel secure. Assassinations have ended, organised crime is finished and armed groups are no longer on the streets," said Hashim.

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  2. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member

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    Wait a minute!!!!!

    This has to be a mistake!
     
  3. StefanM

    StefanM Well-Known Member

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    Excellent news. I hope we build on this success to help the Iraqis quickly secure the rest of the country.
     
  4. LeBuick

    LeBuick New Member

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    :thumbs: let's help them help themselves... I'm all for that. :thumbs:
     
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