War now 'Operation New Dawn'

2010-02-19 13:02
Washington - President Barack Obama's administration plans to rebrand its military operation in Iraq "Operation New Dawn", beginning September 1, a Pentagon memorandum shows.

The memo, signed by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates, shows the Pentagon approving a request to switch the name of the US military effort in Iraq from its current designation - "Operation Iraqi Freedom".

"The request... is approved to take effect 1 September 2010 coinciding with the change of mission for US forces in Iraq.

"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 in the memo, first reported by ABC News.

The document, which is addressed to General David Petraeus, the head of US Central Command, adds the rebranding "presents opportunities to synchronise strategic communication initiatives... and recognise our evolving relationship with the government of Iraq".

'Just a name change'

The move quickly drew criticism from Military Families United, a national security pressure group.

"You cannot end a war simply by changing its name," Brian Wise, the group's executive director, said in a statement.

"Despite the administration's efforts to spin realities on the ground, their efforts do not change the situation at hand in Iraq.

"Operational military decisions should not be made for purposes of public relations but should be made in the best interests of our nation, the troops on the ground and their families back home."

Obama ran for office in 2008 on a platform that emphasised a pledge to withdraw US troops from Iraq and focus on the war in Afghanistan.

There are now some 97 000 US troops stationed in Iraq, the first time the number has fallen below 100 000 since the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, according to the Pentagon.

That figure is scheduled to fall to around 50 000 by the end of August, with those troops left behind functioning solely in advisory and training roles.

All US troops are scheduled to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2011.
 

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