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Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- U.S.-led coalition forces handed over command of Iraqi
forces to the government on Thursday in Baghdad, which is seen by U.S. officials
as a crucial step toward the withdrawal of coalition troops in Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (L) and U.S.
commander in Iraq General George Casey sign the hand over of command
agreement at the Ministry of Defence in Baghdad September 7, 2006.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signed an
agreement with U.S. commander in Iraq General George Casey in a ceremony to take
command of Iraqi naval and air troops and the 8th Iraqi Army Division.
Nine other Iraqi army divisions will be transferred
in the coming months in a timetable to be set by the prime minister, U.S.
In the ceremony, Casey hailed the agreement as "a
"From today forward, the Iraqi military
responsibilities will be increasingly conceived and led by Iraqis," the U.S.
Maliki has said that he expects Iraqi forces to take
over security in most of the country's provinces by the end of the year.
However, Iraqi security forces still heavily depend
on U.S. troops for logistical support to fight against insurgents and stem
Analysts said that it was
unclear how rapidly the Iraqi troops would be ready to provide security
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U.S. commander in Iraq General George
Casey signs the hand over of command agreement at the Ministry of Defence
in Baghdad September 7, 2006.((Xinhua/AFP Photo)
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