Part of the plan in the Baghdad area is to implement "Joint Security Stations" jointly manned around the clock by Iraqi army, police, and U.S. troops, all living and working together. Interestingly, the Sadr City leaders seem to have welcomed this, their first Joint Security Station, presumably hoping to stem the violence that their very poor part of Baghdad has been experiencing.
What is I think exciting is that we are trying new things, with this new commander in Iraq. And it isn't one size fits all, as evidenced by the Anbar Salvation Council mentioned in my previous post. The rural nature of Anbar calls for one type of approach, and the urban nature of Baghdad calls for quite a different one. And yet, both rely on putting the Iraqis out in front and giving them primary responsibility for their own security.