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DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable - Update on the Iraqi Security Forces

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DoDLive Bloggers Roundtable with Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, United States Forces-Iraq Spokesman. Maj. Gen. Lanza will discuss 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.

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