Col Davis: Husaybah has been cleared and secured. Coalition forces are now conducting combat patrols. Construction is underway for basing of Iraqi and U.S. troops to maintain a permanent presence in the city, and provide security. We had a real good plan, but the execution was even better. I am pleased with the results of Operation Steel Curtain.
This is something we needed to hear for a long time now and I believe that maintaining permanent presence along the routes used by terrorists to get to major cities will make it much easier in the future to restrict the movement of foreign suicide bombers and prevent many of them from reaching the cities.
It is obvious that securing a big town or a city from within the city itself is a very difficult task but securing a number of villages and smaller towns many kilometers apart one at a time can be a lot more practical and will eventually cut the routes used to move men and weapons to the rest of the country.