BBC NEWS | Middle East | Iraq handover: Key quotes: “‘This is something I have asked the coalition, to expedite the transfer of sovereignty. We are sure that the Iraqi authority now, the government of Iraq, will be handling the situation whether it is security or economy.

Excerpts from Allawi’s speech:

‘This is a historic day… This transfer of sovereignty to an Iraqi government and the Iraqi people, we have been working hard. This is a big day for us… The security situation of our country now lies in our hands. We are going to announce the new measures today and tomorrow.”

Will this decision today have any impact at all on reducing the terrorist kidnapings and executions ?