Anbar handover delayed indefinitely – Sunni’s want Americans to stay

Posted On: August 6, 2008 at 10:39 AM By: DanNY

FALLUJAH, Iraq “Very little” would change if Iraqis regained security control of Anbar province tomorrow, according to the commander of U.S. forces in the region, although the ceremony formally marking the handover has been delayed indefinitely.

Iraqi leaders postponed the ceremony due to fear that Americans would pull out of the region soon to focus elsewhere.

The event was originally scheduled for early July in the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi. At the time, U.S. officials said the ceremony was delayed because of weather. Since, Iraqi officials have balked at the handover.

“In Anbar, they love the Marines. If anyone tells you different, they are lying,” said Brig. Gen. Ali, commander of an Iraqi unit in the area. “The Iraqi people are very happy Americans are helping them go from dark to light.”

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