11th MEU turns control over to ISF in Najaf
Marine Corps News
Story Identification #: 200412262028
Story by 11th MEU Public Affairs Office
AN NAJAF, Iraq (Nov. 30, 2004) -- Approximately three months after decisive combat operations ended in Najaf, the 11th MEU commander declared Nov. 30 that Iraqi security forces have formally assumed local control of An Najaf province.
Since fighting ended Aug. 28, no major incidents have occurred despite reduced MEU security operations in the city and the Ramadan holiday.
With little to no MEU oversight, Najaf's ISF have demonstrated their ability to respond and take control of threats to the province's stability, as well as plan, direct and conduct limited security operations. Iraqi police and national guardsmen have conducted several successful raids using intelligence compiled on their own, netting several insurgents and criminals. Iraqi border enforcement officials continue to effectively work the borders, stopping several illegal crossings and narcotics trafficking.
While MEU forces will continue to train and equip ISF and conduct a reduced number of security patrols in the city, ISF have achieved and demonstrated the capacity to maintain security in
"We've been working hard with Najaf's governor and security forces to ensure they have the tools and talents needed to stabilize this city," said Col. Anthony M. Haslam, commanding officer, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. "In the past three months, they have demonstrated their ability to keep this province and its citizens safe and secure."
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