“Aligning the name change with the change of mission sends a strong signal that Operation Iraqi Freedom has ended and our forces are operating under a new mission,” Gates wrote. “It also presents opportunities to synchronize strategic communication initiatives, reinforce our commitment to honor the Security Agreement, and recognize our evolving relationship with the Government of Iraq,” said Gates.
With the current troop levels in Iraq at 98,000, I am not convinced Operation New Dawn is appropriate just yet. I do not see anything new about the war in Iraq when soldiers and civilians are still being killed. Call it what you want but it will only be a new dawn when the last U.S. troops come home.
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