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US Commander Sees Mixed Picture in Iraq, Condemns Iranian Role

The senior U.S. commander in Iraq says the new security plan is ahead of his expectations in some aspects, but behind in others, little more than half way through the deployment the extra U.S. forces. The general spoke in Washington Wednesday and VOA’s Al Pessin reports from the Pentagon. General David Petraeus says the sectarian murder rate is down and his forces and Iraqi troops are capturing significant insurgent leaders. But he also calls the large-scale suicide bombings a ‘setback,’ and says stopping them is a major focus of his efforts. “We are actually ahead of where I wanted to be in some areas, and probably behind where we might have hoped to be in some other areas,” he said. Full Story

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