...but there is more good news coming out of Iraq. From the Stars and Stripes, a Marine officer wants his men to have less body armor instead of more.
COP Rawah was one of the smaller outposts that we ran convoys to during our 15 month stint in Iraq. But the town of Rawah was considered quite dangerous. When we first got to Iraq in March 2006, the Rawah bridge over the Euphrates was the deadliest spot for VBIED's in all of Anbar.
Now, the Marine commander in Rawah wants to let his men downgrade their PPE (personal protection equipment) level. During my 15 months, the only talk was about how to pack more armor on us, not less. Think of how big this is. Even if they just remove their kevlar helmets, that is a huge indication of the threat level and trust in the local population. This may be the beginning of the end for the always increasing policy of more and heavier armor in Iraq.
This of course is another item you wont see in the main stream media, because good news from Iraq is directly contrary to the gloom and doom they have been pushing on you for the last 3 years.