U.S. transferes first 1,000 of 8,000 humvees to Iraqi forces
BAGHDAD — The U.S. military has transfered 1,000 combat vehicles to
Iraqi security forces.
Officials said the Humvees would enhance the autonomy of Iraqi security
forces and facilitate counter-insurgency operations. The United
States plans to transfer 8,000 Humvees to Baghdad by the end of 2009.
"No one now disputes the progress made in the security arena or in the
political and economic arenas," outgoing U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David
Petraeus, said. "The transfer of the 1,000th Humvee is an important
milestone for those who remember when Iraq had no up-armored Humvees and
virtually no vehicles."
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The military, which commemorated the transfer on June 26, handed over
the M-1114 up-armored Humvees to the Iraq Army and security forces. The
had been used by the U.S. Army in Iraq and were refurbished before their
The June 26 ceremony marked the first transfer of up-armored Humvees to
the Iraqi Interior Ministry, responsible for the police and security forces.
Until now, the Humvees, under a program that began in March 2008, had been
relayed to the Iraq Army, overseen by the Defense Ministry.
"We look forward to that day when we stand alone to fight the terrorists
and join our forces with the American forces to fight the global war on
terrorism." Iraqi National Security Advisor Muwafaq Rubaie said.