Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Zilmer: U.S. 'stifling' Iraq insurgency

This is pathetic!

Zilmer: U.S. 'stifling' Iraq insurgency - Yahoo! News:

WASHINGTON - A senior American commander in Iraq said Tuesday that U.S.-led military operations are 'stifling' the insurgency in western Anbar province but are not strong enough to defeat it.

Marine Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer told reporters in a telephone interview from his headquarters in Fallujah that he has enough U.S. troops, about 30,000, to accomplish what he called his main mission: training Iraqi security forces.
'For what we are trying to achieve out here I think our force levels are about right,' he said. Even so, he said the training of Iraqi soldiers and police had not progressed as quickly as once expected.

'Now, if that mission statement changes, if there is seen a larger role for coalition forces out here to win that insurgency fight, then that is going to change the metrics of what we need out here,' he added.

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