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Operation New Dawn


"Ending this war is not only in Iraq's interest; it is in our own. The United States has paid a huge price to put the future of Iraq in the hands of its people. We have sent our young men and women to make enormous sacrifices in Iraq and spent vast resources abroad at a time of tight budgets home. We have persevered because of a belief we share with the Iraqi people: a belief that out of the ashes of war, a new beginning could be born in this cradle of civilization.Through this remarkable chapter in the history of the United States and Iraq, we have met our responsibility. Now, it is time to turn the page."

- President Barack Obama, in his address to the nation on the end of the combat mission in Iraq from the Oval Office, Aug. 31, 2010

U.S. combat mission ends in Iraq, Obama says


"The enemy is still out there. If you don't keep leadership standards and you don't stay focused on what's going on, you'll miss something you should have been paying attention to. Stay the course, stay together. You'll be fine."

- Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence K. Wilson, United States Forces - Iraq command sergeant major, in his final visit to his troops, reminds his Soldiers the importance of watching out for one another and to avoid becoming complacent as they get closer to going home.

USF-I Command Sgt. Maj. pays final visit to troops



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Operation New Dawn

What is it?

The transition to Operation New Dawn, Sept. 1, marks the official end to Operation Iraqi Freedom and combat operations by United States forces in Iraq.

During Operation New Dawn, the remaining 50,000 U.S. servicemembers serving in Iraq will conduct stability operations, focusing on advising, assisting and training Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). Operation New Dawn also represents a shift from a predominantly military U.S. presence to one that is predominantly civilian, as the Departments of Defense and State work together with governmental and non-governmental agencies to help build Iraq's civil capacity.

Why is this important for the Army?

The transition to Operation New Dawn represents the U.S. commitment to the government and people of Iraq as a sovereign, stable country that will be an enduring strategic partner with the United States. This has been made possible by the improved capability of the ISF to take the lead in securing their country.

New Dawn also signifies the success of the responsible drawdown of forces and the redeployment of thousands of U.S. Soldiers, as well as the return or transfer of war fighting equipment to the U.S. or to combat troops fighting in Afghanistan.

What will the Army do?

To support the transition to stability operations, the Army has six advisory and assistance brigades (AABs) in Iraq. AABs are designed to partner with ISF and are tailored for the needs of the specific location in which they will operate. They provide security for Provincial Reconstruction Teams and have up to 24 specialty teams which enable them to conduct advisory, security, and training missions, as well as the development of civil capacity.

AABs are structured around the modular design of brigade combat teams but are trained for stability operations, rather than for combat. However, under the security agreement they retain the inherent right to self-defense and are authorized to take necessary action to prevent terrorist activities in order to protect themselves or the people of Iraq.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

For the foreseeable future, U. S. forces will maintain a force strength of 50,000 as it conducts stability operations and partnered counterterrorism operations in Iraq. In accordance with the security agreement, U.S. forces are scheduled to leave Iraq by the end of 2011. Despite the change in mission, USF-I remains committed to the Iraqi people and will continue to support efforts to build civil capacity throughout Iraq.


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