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Gen. Abizaid: Iraq Could Get More Violent After June 30

The situation in Iraq could become more violent after the June 30 handover leading up to elections, which could require the deployment of more U.S. forces, the head of U.S. Central Command said on Wednesday. Gen. John Abizaid was asked at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing whether the roughly 130,000 troops in Iraq would be sufficient after the June 30 handover of sovereignty. “I would predict, and I think Rick (Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez) will agree with me, that the situation will become more violent even after sovereignty because it will remain unclear what’s going to happen between the interim government and elections,” said Abizaid, who is responsible for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraqi elections were expected to take place in December or January, he said. Full Story

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