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General Affirms Anbar Analysis

The U.S. commander in western Iraq said he agrees with the findings of a pessimistic classified report recently filed by his top intelligence officer but also insisted that “tremendous progress” is being made in that part of the country. “I have seen that report and I do concur with that [intelligence] assessment,” said Marine Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer, speaking to reporters yesterday by telephone from his headquarters near Fallujah, Iraq. He said he found “frank and candid” the analysis by Col. Pete Devlin, the Marine intelligence chief in Iraq, who concluded that prospects for securing Anbar province are dim. Full Story

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