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The U.S. Marine Corps wrapped nearly seven years in Iraq on Saturday, handing over duties to the Army and signaling the beginning of an accelerated withdrawal of American troops as the U.S. turns its focus away from the waning Iraqi war to a growing one in Afghanistan.

In Baghdad, meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden held talks with Iraqi leaders amid growing tensions over plans to ban election candidates because of suspected links to Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The Marines formally handed over control of Sunni-dominated Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, to the Army during a ceremony at a base in Ramadi — where some of the fiercest fighting of the war took place. blog it

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Sept. 24: Iraqi police stand guard at a checkpoint in Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.

Sept. 24: Iraqi police stand guard at a checkpoint in Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.

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Five Al Qaeda-linked prisoners awaiting execution and 11 other inmates broke out of a prison in Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, prompting a massive manhunt Thursday, officials said.
A complete curfew was imposed on the city of 250,000 after the prisoners escaped at around 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Checkpoints have been set up throughout the city and at roads leading out, a Tikrit police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the operation with media.
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Four mortar shells landed in the Green Zone as Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Iraq Tuesday on a previously
unannounced mission to help the country resolve its differences ahead of America’s military withdrawal.
The shells were heard as they were fired from across the river on the east bank of the Tigris and at least one explosion was audible. There was no immediate word on any casualties or damage in the Green Zone or in any other areas of the capital.
The U.S. military said they had initial reports that “one round of indirect fire impacted near the International Zone, not in
it.” The International Zone is the official name for the Green Zone, the walled off area in the heart of Baghdad that is home
to government offices, the U.S. and British embassies and parliament.

Damascus has turned aside a demand from Baghdad to extradite two Iraqi Baathist leaders (Saddam Hussein’s party) believed to have orchestrated from their base in eastern Syria the deadly coordinated bombing attacks which rocked the Iraqi capital on Aug. 19, killing 100 people and leaving more than 1,000 injured. This is reported by DEBKAfile’s intelligence and counter-terror sources.

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Operation Opera was carefully planned for a Sunday to minimise the loss of lives of any foreign workers and the late-afternoon attack was designed so as to provide the Israeli Combat Search and Rescue Team (CSAR) all night to search for any downed Israeli pilots.

An Israeli Air Force flight of 8 F-16As (aircraft 107, 113, 118, 129, from 117 Squadron and 239, 240, 243 and 249 from 110 Squadron) was outfitted, each with two unguided Mark-84 2000-pound delay-action bombs, and external fuel tanks. A squadron of 6 F-15As was also assigned to the operation to provide fighter support for the F-16As.

On 7 June 1981 at 15:55 local time (12:55 GMT) the plan was set in motion. The task force left Etzion Airbase, flying at 240 m unchallenged over Jordanian and Saudi airspace.

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Friday, US Middle East commander Gen. David Petraeus told a House panel in Washington that attacks in Iraq will continue for some time and they may be the work of a network of foreign fighters from Tunisia. He said that four recent suicide bombers in Iraq were from that North African country. Officials captured one who planned an attack.

According to DEBKAfile’s counter-terror sources, Al Qaeda is attempting a comeback in Iraq with the help of reinforcements moved long-distance from its Maghreb (North African) branch to bolster the remnants of its Iraqi strength. These fresh forces have re-extended the jihadis’ reach from Mosul in the north, hitherto the last al Qaeda bastion, to Baghdad and other cities..

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A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down a runway in Afghanistan. The Reaper is designed to go after time-sensitive targets with persistence and precision, and destroy those targets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down a runway in Afghanistan. The Reaper is designed to go after time-sensitive targets with persistence and precision, and destroy those targets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Mar. 1, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan during operations Mar. 1, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

An Air Force MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft targeted additional enemy personnel in the area using a Hellfire missile strike. Enemy indirect fire teams had threatened not just the base but also the surrounding settlement with their scattered mortar fire until they were stopped by the strikes.

In the Balocan area, a coalition aircraft employed a show of force to disperse enemy forces attacking a coalition convoy. The aircraft performed the maneuver in order to avoid endangering civilians. However, anti-Afghan forces later resumed hostilities without regard to the presence of non-combatants. Coordinating with ground forces, an MQ-9 drone targeted a group of enemy gunmen in a field with a Hellfire missile as friendly troops moved in and dislodged the remaining enemy from the area.

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Airmen of the 432d Air Expeditionary Wing here flew an MQ-1B Predator unmanned aircraft in a combat mission in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility Feb. 18, and the flight surpassed the 500,000 flight-hour mark for the aircraft.

Members of the 15th Reconnaissance Squadron flew the milestone mission in support of operations in Iraq.

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Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles sit in a row on the Camp Liberty, Iraq, fielding site, Feb. 20, 2009. The day marked the introduction of the 10,000th vehicle into Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Gaylord

Mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles sit in a row on the Camp Liberty, Iraq, fielding site, Feb. 20, 2009. The day marked the introduction of the 10,000th vehicle into Iraq. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Gaylord

The U.S. military fielded its 10,000th mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle in Iraq today during a ceremony on Camp Liberty, just 22 months after it was introduced into the theater of operations.
Servicemembers and civilians from across Victory Base Complex gathered among rows of MRAPs at the largest fielding site in Iraq to acknowledge the success the vehicle has had in protecting thousands of troops from blasts caused by roadside bombs.

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The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close-air-support of ground forces. They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Greg L. Davis)

The A-10 Thunderbolt II is the first Air Force aircraft specially designed for close-air-support of ground forces. They are simple, effective and survivable twin-engine jet aircraft that can be used against all ground targets. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Greg L. Davis)

Coalition airpower integrated with coalition ground forces in Iraq and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in the following operations Feb. 20, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here.

In Afghanistan, Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs destroyed a series of anti-Afghan fighting positions while providing close air support during an extended firefight on the ground. After a show of force and a warning shot with a smoke-marking round went unheeded, the jets engaged enemy positions with general purpose 500-pound munitions and 30mm Avenger cannon strafes. Coalition ground units reported all enemy fire had stopped after the strikes.

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