Gen. David Petraeus sounded confident about the surge of new U.S. forces in Iraq, telling the BBC that the influx of American troops has already reduced insurgent violence in Baghdad and the volatile Anbar province. Still, this weekend’s death toll of four Iraqis and seven Americans proves Petraeus has a big job ahead of him.
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Gen. David Petraeus told the BBC that with two out of the five extra brigades now on the ground in Iraq, there had been fewer sectarian attacks.
He said he would have an idea of the chance of success once all extra troops were deployed in the coming months.
Attacks in Baghdad killed at least four Iraqis on Sunday, while the U.S. announced the deaths of seven troops.
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