18 March 2007

Iraqi Security Forces Are Stepping Up To Take Control Of Their Country's Security. Iraqi Security Forces continue to
gain strength and are fighting alongside Coalition forces. Their commitment and sacrifice are real: Casualty levels for Iraqi
Security Forces are now higher than for Coalition forces.
• Iraq is now operating 9 National Police brigades and 31 Iraqi Army brigades, meaning almost 329,000 Iraqi Security
Force members are now risking their lives to secure their country and allow political progress to continue.
• 9 of Iraq's 10 Army divisions are taking the lead in their areas of operation.
• 3 of Iraq's 18 provinces have acquired full responsibility for their own security.
• Iraqi-planned, Iraqi-conducted, and, most important of all, Iraqi-led missions continue throughout Iraq.

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