It has failed twice, but the US Army is getting ready to turn over the protection of Samarra to the local Iraqi police and Armed Forces.
These steps have to work if we are to have any hope of being able to leave this nation, but there are good reasons to be slightly skeptical. The Iraq police still appear to have little success against determined attacks, we see that 8 SWAT team members were killed today, and there is still widespread unrest over the election results.
Not the kind of situation that leads one to have confidence about our Vietnamization of Iraq.
Yep, it still look kinda bad.