Gen. Ray Odierno says that overall stability remains good in Iraq as the U.S. prepares to meet a deadline for withdrawing forces from major cities.
Odierno says the attacks ahead of that pullout are aimed at diverting attention from the progress made by Iraqi security forces as well as local and national government.
Looking to the future, Odierno says that any instability is most likely to stem from unresolved political issues such as relations between Arabs and Kurds and the question of reconciliation among various religious and political factions. Read it all at WaPo
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Iraq Celebrates National Holiday June 30
That's the day U.S. troops withdraw from Iraqi cities. We ought to be celebrating as well. It's been a long time coming. The video below shows recent violence, but Gen. Odierno says overall, the time for leaving is good. Frankly, I don't think we have a choice.