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US Commander Says Iraqis Ready to Handle Security

Sunday, 08 Aug 2010 09:50 AM

 

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The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq says Iraq's military is ready and able to take over security operations as American combat forces prepare to withdraw.

Gen. Ray Odierno said Sunday that Iraq's military has "stepped up" to the challenge even as Iraqi politicians continue to squabble over the formation of a new government and new incidents of extremist violence are reported. Odierno adds, however, that it is critical for Iraq to form a government after months of delay.

Violence in Iraq has spiked over the past month as the U.S. moves ahead with a major drawdown of its troops to be completed by the end of August, when only 50,000 will remain in the country.

Odierno spoke on ABC's "This Week."

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