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Baghdad Security Plan Officially Named

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2007 – The government of Iraq and the coalition officially announced the name for the Baghdad security plan yesterday. The operation is named “Fardh Al-Qanoon,” an Iraqi phrase that translates to “Enforcing the Law.”

The title was agreed upon by the Iraqi government, with the support of coalition leaders, and reflects the Iraqi-led nature of the operation, military officials said.

"The plan is imposing the law on anyone who violates it," Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said.

Under the Baghdad security plan, the Iraqi government will increase security forces in the city to partner with increased coalition troops. The Iraqi army, police, and coalition forces will live together in joint security stations throughout Baghdad to be closer to the Iraqi people they are protecting, officials said. The additional forces will also enable the coalition to create more transition teams to assist, teach and coach the Iraqi security forces.

The latest iteration of the Baghdad security plan was announced Feb. 13 by Iraqi Lt. Gen. Abboud Gambar, the officer in charge of the plan. He announced a 72-hour closure of some border crossings along the Iranian and Syrian borders, restrictions on civil liberties and the suspension of weapons licenses except for permits issued to authorized security officials and contractors.

(From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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