U.S. Forces Pressure Terrorists With CLC Citizens And Iraqi Troops
Al-Qaida is trying very stridently to get itself re established in the areas around Baghdad, and in the north, according to sources in senior U.S. Military leadership.
There is only one problem for them. NO vacancy.
A triple threat consisting of Iraqi Security Forces, Coalition and U.S. Forces, and citizen CLC groups are finding, reporting, and driving out insurgents and Al-Qaida members wherever they are to be found. With the increase of positive relationships, people in the Iraqi community are trusting soldiers more, and Al-Qaida not at all.
Citizens have proven over and over again their willingness to reveal Al-Qaida as soon as they are aware any are in the area. This has been a marked change over what has taken place previously. Just a year ago information from the local population was next to none, and there were strongholds in the area outside Baghdad where attacks were launched outward. Some of these attacks resulted in death to Coalition forces from IED and explosives.
We have hung out the Not Welcome sign, and we are working to make it stick, said Army Major General Kevin J. Bergmer. General Bergmer is one of the spokesmen for MNF-Iraq.
We will continue to harass, follow, and pursue the enemy and do whatever it takes to prevent them from creating new bases, or from re establishing themselves, stated General Bergmer.
There are about seventy thousand members of the Iraqi Concerned Citizens Groups, and these brave citizen soldiers have proven themselves on an increasingly frequent basis over the last few months.