Friday, October 14, 2011

Defense.gov News Article: U.S. Forces Have Met All Obligations in Iraq, General Says

Via DoD, Defense.gov News Article: U.S. Forces Have Met All Obligations in Iraq, General Says

From towards the end of the statement...
Noting several explosions in Iraq today, the general acknowledged that “Iraq still is a dangerous place.” Asked about the historically volatile Anbar province, Buchanan said “al-Qaida has reared its head a number of times” there recently. “They’ve never changed their tactics of wanting to drive a wedge between the Iraqi people and the government,” he added.

“What is different now is that people here seem universally determined not to go back to sectarian violence,” he said. “They’re determined to take on these enemies as terrorists. Unlike in the past, they are universally hated and isolated.”
Iraqis don’t yet have the security they need, Buchanan said, but it is greatly improved. Attacks now average 14 per day nationwide, down from 145 per day in 2007, he said.

The sacrifices of Americans and Iraqis since U.S. operations began in Iraq in 2003 have led to the evolving democracy there today, Buchanan said. While citizens of surrounding countries fought to have some say in their governments in the “Arab Spring” uprisings last spring and summer, Iraqis protested for better government services.

“In other places, people didn’t have a choice about their future,” he said. “That’s not true in Iraq, and they recognize that.

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