Iraqi Shiite city set to take over control from US troops
The Iraqi army is bracing itself to take over security responsibilities from US troops in the Shiite-dominated southern city of Diwaniyah this week, media reports said Saturday.
Authorities in Diwaniyah, 280 kilometres south of the capital Baghdad, are set to take over control from US troops on Wednesday after the planned handover at the end of June was delayed, the state daily al-Sabah said.
US and Iraqi military officials cited security reasons and bad weather forecasts for the delay.
The handover of security responsibilities has been delayed in the western Anbar province on the same grounds, reported dpa.
Multinational troops have handed over control over security in nine Iraqi cities, five of them in the Shiite south.