A U.S. Army Soldier from Delta Company, 1-12th Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Calvary Division and an Iraqi army soldier search a courtyard in Baqubah, Iraq, Nov. 11, 2007. Soldiers are conducting a cordon and search for caches to prevent Al Qaeda activity in the area. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Shawn M. Cassatt)
The key to the “surge’s” success becoming a lasting success will be the ability of the Iraqi Army to maintain security gains, and to take the lead expanding things and solidifying the situation. Only when the IA is capable of this on a large scale will meaningful peace have a chance. Things look good so far and appear to be on the right track, but only time will tell.