A reader tips me off to these great slides from a Multinational Force – Iraq (MNF-I) Situational Update briefing by Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell, IV and Maj. Gen. William McCoy. You can see the whole thing here (.pdf), but these are a couple of the highlights:

Click each for a better look.

Plus: Battalion gets a hostile reception at Sadr City

UPDATE: Bill Roggio has Battle for Baghdad Update.

And there’s now a berm surrounding Baghdad?

To be honest, I initially thought that the shift of troops to Baghdad was just a move to get more boots on the streets and show more of a presence. Maybe back up the Iraqi forces in a few ops. But as this goes on it becomes clearer and clearer that a major operation is underway to try and change the situation in a big way. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

UPDATE 2: Also, Roggio (who you read every day, right?) notes some recent successes: Task Force 145, the group tasked with hunting al-Qaeda in Iraq, has been busy in Baghdad