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BAGHDAD — Another Iraqi unit will assume responsibility on Monday for an area of land now patrolled by U.S. forces, the American military command said Sunday.

The 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division will take over direct duties in a northern section of Baghdad during a ceremony at Camp Taji, officials said. The area currently falls under the responsibility of the U.S. Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

While the daily security situation will now have Iraqi troops at the fore, officials said, the handover is in keeping with recent practice. U.S. troops will still be heavily relied upon for security patrols, logistical help to the Iraqi units and as training and reserve forces for the fledgling Iraqi army.

A military news release from Baghdad called Monday’s handover a demonstration of “the increasing role Iraqi security forces are undertaking in operations as they continue to build capability and assume more responsibility.”

The training of Iraqi forces is the linchpin of the American exit strategy. While the capabilities of Iraqi units varies greatly from place to place, U.S. officials hope much of the training work can be completed this year.

Last week, the U.S. command announced another handover, this one in Kirkuk.

In what was described as a “handover of maneuver space,” the U.S. Army’s 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, handed nominal control to the 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division.

“This [Iraqi unit] is ready to fight their fight,” Maj. Chris Kidd, 2/327th Military Transition Team chief, was quoted as saying in a news release. “The day has finally arrived and we’re excited it is here.”

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