- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The curfew that successfully quelled a wave of sectarian violence verging on civil war last week was led and enforced by Iraqi security forces with little or no active U.S. intervention.

Iraqi forces are not strong enough to fight the terrorist insurgency alone, officials stress, and the number of battalions capable of fighting alone has actually dropped from one to zero since the fall, according to U.S. military advisers. But the number of battalions capable of leading battles has increased by 50 percent since then, the Associated Press reported, and stands with last week’s success as an indicator of some progress in the creation of professional Iraqi security forces.

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