Saturday , 25 January 2020

DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable: Iraqi Security Forces

Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, United States Forces-Iraq Spokesman

We recently held a DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable with Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, United States Forces-Iraq Spokesman, on Thursday, June 10.

Lanza discussed significant progress made by the Iraqi Security Forces, and how their contributions have improved the overall security environment in Iraq paving the way for the seating of the Iraqi government and setting the stage for a long-term strategic partnership between the sovereign nation of Iraq and the United States of America.

On June 1, two important milestones – both symbolic and substantive – occurred in Iraq. First, the United States formally transitioned the last nine checkpoints it jointly staffed in the International Zone, or Green Zone, to Iraqi Security Forces. Second, the Iraqi Supreme Court announced the certification of the March 7 election results, a critical step in the process of peacefully forming the new government. The overall improved security situation today and the ever-increasing capabilities of the Iraqi Security Forces are directly responsible for these two accomplishments.

Listen to the interview.

Read the transcript.

Read the Defense.gov story:¬† “Election, Transition Proves Iraqi Stability

To learn more about the responsible drawdown in Iraq, watch the Pentagon Channel Report below with Maj. Gen. Lanza.

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Joining us on the call were: John Donovan, The Donovan.com; Beth Wilson, Homefrontinfocus.com; Karin Hendrikkson, Svenska Dagladet; Jim Mannion, AFP.com; Dale Kissinger, Military Avenue.com; and Michal Harari, Institute for the Study of War.