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Military Chiefs Have ‘Surge’ Doubts

Posted on Jun 26, 2007
U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ben Brody

U.S. and Iraqi officers confer in Adhamiya, Iraq.

At the core of the “surge” strategy is the notion that once U.S. troops clear a particularly hostile patch of Iraq, the Iraqi army and police will move in to maintain order. But senior American officers are now raising serious doubts about Iraqi forces’ ability to take over.


BAGHDAD (AP)—American military commanders now seriously doubt that Iraqi security forces will be able to hold the ground that U.S. troops are fighting to clear - gloomy predictions that strike at the heart of Washington’s key strategy to turn the tide in Iraq.

Several senior American officers have warned in recent days that Iraqi soldiers and police are still incapable of maintaining security on their own in the most crucial areas, including Baghdad and the recently reclaimed districts around Baqouba to the north.

Iraqi units are supposed to be moving into position to take the baton from the Pentagon. This was the backbone of the plan President Bush announced in January when he ordered to five more U.S. brigades, or about 30,000 soldiers, to Iraq. The goal is to reduce the violence to a level where the Iraqis can cope so that Americans can begin to go home.

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By mullah cimoc, June 27, 2007 at 5:14 pm Link to this comment
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mullah cimoc say

usa control media so sophisticate make all ameriki brain for not remember lies for start him iraq invasion.

this word “neocon” not allow say in usa media.  this word now CENSORED. if ameriki say this word usa control media accuse this man of the anti semite for use this word.

but in true him neocon most him the israeli citizen or him wife israeli citizen.  who am mr. william kristol.  am he neocon?  mr. david wurmser, mr. dov zakheim??

mullah cimoc call this war
“rose petal war”.  But these rose petals blowing up every day. 

Ameriki need for understand him country control by masters in tel aviv.  usa not free now just slave and control mind television.

google:  mighty wurlitzer +cia for historical of the understand.

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By QuyTran, June 27, 2007 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment

Our troops aren’t baby sitters !

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By anonymous, June 27, 2007 at 6:43 am Link to this comment
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“But senior American officers are now raising serious doubts about Iraqi forces’ ability to take over.”

Please, pass the valium.

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