The Iraqi Army continues to expand and grow more capable. It is the leading security force in almost all of Iraq. This is one of the most important metrics in Iraq. The second most important is provinces under Iraqi control. Currently, Iraq is in control of 7 of the 18 provinces and will take control of 15 provinces by the end of the year.
The Iraqi Army supports coalition forces in the remaining zones. This includes the cities of Basra, half of Baghdad, Mosul, Baqubah and the province of Anbar. Anbar remains the most problematic region, but it has been turned around by the Anbar Salvation Front. Anbar will not be under real control for another two years. The rest of Iraq has made very good progress.