Operation Iron Pursuit was a Division-level operation and the U.S compliment to the Iraqi-led Operation Augurs of Prosperity, designed to clear Diyala province of insurgents.
On December 13, 2008, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates addressed the 5th IISS Regional Security Summit in Bahrain. A transcript of both the remarks and the Q & A session is provided by IISS.
Our enemies are a complicated mix. We are fighting a global network of extremists, sometimes led by al Qaeda and other times fought by local groups who are only affiliated with or motivated by the al Qaeda ideology, or one like it.
Lessons from Lincoln: On Being a War Presidentby LTG James Dubik (ret.), AUSA Institute of Land Warfare, December 2008
The transfer of fiscal and command responsibility for the Sons of Iraq (SoI) program began in earnest on November 10, 2008.