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On balance

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Forty of the Iraqi army's 102 battalions have now taken over primary security responsibilities in their areas of operation, a top military transition official told USA Today this week.

Col. James Greer, chief of staff for the Multinational Security Transition Command, pointed out that only three battalions were similarly responsible last March, and only in Baghdad.

Now, about two-fifths of the force is taking the lead and is doing so in places like Ramadi and Samarra in addition to the capital.