Military

Measuring Stability and Security in Iraq


June 2007
Report to Congress
In accordance with the
Department of Defense Appropriations Act 2007
(Section 9010, Public Law 109-289)


Section 1-Stability and Security

1.4 Transferring Security Responsibility

One of the strategic objectives of the New Way Forward is to continue to strengthen Iraqi Security Forces and thereby accelerate the transition of primary security responsibility to the Iraqi government. In this quarter, the Coalition transferred security responsibility in Maysan Province to Provincial Iraqi Control (PIC), making a total of four of 18 provinces in which security is now primarily an Iraqi responsibility. Three more provinces (Dahuk, Irbil, and Sulaymaniyah) are scheduled to transfer in the near future. MNF-I also turned over three more forward operating bases (FOBs) to the GoI.

Status of Provincial Iraqi Control

As the required conditions are met, the program to transfer security responsibilities to Iraq's Provincial Governors will continue with the remaining provinces expected to transition to Provincial Iraqi Control (PIC) no later than March 2008. In 2006, Muthanna, Thi Qar, and Najaf Provinces transitioned to PIC. On April 18, 2007, Maysan became the fourth province to assume security responsibility. The classified annex provides more detail on the PIC process.

Forward Operating Base Turnover Status

To reduce its temporary basing requirements, MNF-I is consolidating its locations using a "bottom-up" conditions-based process to synchronize basing requirements with Coalition force requirements and the projected command and control structure. The timeline for this process is being adjusted to support increased force levels as part of FAQ. MNF-I has already reduced its presence in major cities while developing the flexibility to support PRT expansion. MNF-I has either transitioned to the Iraqi government or closed 61 FOBs out of a total of 122. In the first quarter of CY 2007, one FOB was transferred. Three FOBs were transferred in the second quarter of CY 2007.


Provincial Security Transition Assessment As of May 2007



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