Multinational Division Baghdad
Transfers Battle Space to Iraqi Army
Iraq (AFPS) — U.S. and coalition troops in the Baghdad area handed
control of operations in western Baghdad and eastern Abu Ghraib
to Iraqi soldiers in a ceremony.
soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, stand
tall during a transfer of authority ceremony at Forward
Operating Base Constitution. The Iraqi army
brigade assumed security responsibilities from 1st Brigade
Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
by Jason Thompson / DoD Photo
1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, handed over
operations to 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army
a transfer of authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base
comrades. The Iraqi army and the American forces are brothers.
We bleed together. We shed tears over the same fallen comrades,"
Iraqi Brig. Gen. Aziz Noor, commander of 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi
Army Division, said.
of operations was one of the largest and most prominent since
coalition forces began training Iraqi troops, officials said.
American forces are giving freedom back to the people of Iraq,
just as they did in Japan, Germany and Korea," Aziz said.
"We are receiving this area of responsibility and the job
to protect it. God willing, we will be able to do so."
1,500 members of the Iraqi army stood proudly in formation as
the ceremony took place.
marks a great day for the people of Baghdad and the country of
Iraq as we celebrate the accomplishments of this brigade,"
U.S. Army Col. Jeffrey Snow, 1st BCT commander, said. "Never
have I seen a group of soldiers learn so quickly and advance so
The two brigades
have been working alongside each other for several months in training
and operations ridding the area of insurgents and winning the
hearts of the Iraqi people. "Soldiers of the (American and
Iraqi units) are truly brothers in arms," Snow said. "We
both sacrifice for life, liberty and the belief that all people
— no matter their tribe, religion or background — can live together
soldiers’ success has been aided by the support of tribal leaders,
police, council members and local citizens, officials said.
price of freedom will always be paid through the blood and hard
work of the Iraqi soldiers and police force," Snow said.
"Without your efforts, there is no future for this great
soldiers were clearly excited as the day progressed, and displayed
their enthusiasm to continue the fight. "It is a great day
and a great thing to be taking over these operations, and we gladly
assume the responsibilities before us," Aziz said. "We
were able to secure the Abu Ghraib area, and we will work together
with the citizens to bring more security to the area and rid it
forces will continue to transfer security responsibilities to
the Iraqi army. "The Iraqi army has gained the trust and
support of the local citizens, who are the ultimate source of
strength for Iraq’s future," Snow said. "The Iraqi army
is here for all people. And just as the army must be as one force
in order to be effective, so must the people they serve.
is your army, and they represent all Iraqis in words and deed,"
he said. "Follow its example, and this country will never
fail, nor tire and Iraq will once again take its place as the
center of knowledge and culture in the Middle East."