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Biggest Task for U.S. General Is Training Iraqis to Fight Iraqis

On a recent afternoon in his new office in the heavily fortified Green Zone, Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus, a celebrated American field commander, sketched his vision for how America’s forces might one day extract themselves from this country. “I know where this ends,” said General Petraeus, 51, who earlier this month took control of a vast project to oversee the training of Iraqi security forces. “It ends with the Iraqis in charge of their country. You get as many Iraqis as possible to have a stake in the success of the new Iraq to defeat the insurgency.” Just a few hundred yards from his office, the magnitude of his challenge loomed in the form of Zhuhair Khamis, an Iraqi Civil Defense officer standing guard at the entrance to the American compound. “I am not ready to fight Iraqis,” said Mr. Khamis, a 33-year-old Iraqi Shiite. “I will throw down my weapon, I will throw down my uniform, and I will give back my badge. I will fight foreigners; but I am not ready to fight Iraqis.” Full Story

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