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Commander: Al-Qaida still able to attack

December 20, 2007
By PATRICK QUINN, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – The top U.S. commander in northern Iraq warned Wednesday that al-Qaida in Iraq was still capable of staging spectacular attacks despite a 50 percent drop in bombings and other violence in his region.

Army Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling said al-Qaida in Iraq was being pushed north by the increased numbers of U.S. troops that surged into Baghdad over the summer and fall. The insurgents are also being flushed out of Anbar province by “awakening councils” — groups of Sunni Arab tribesmen the U.S. military has backed to help fight al-Qaida in Iraq and its allies.

“Many of them have transited our province” of Diyala, which has seen some of the worst violence in Iraq, he said. “There are still some ….

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U.S. General Seeks Troop Cut in Northern Iraq

July 22, 2007


BAGHDAD – In a move that could portend a strategy change, the commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq said Sunday he has proposed reducing his troop levels and shifting next year to missions focused less on direct combat.

Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin Mixon told The Associated Press that if current trends hold, he would like to begin this troop reduction and change in mission in Nineva province, where he said Iraqi army forces already are operating nearly independently. He has proposed shifting the province to Iraqi government control as early as August.

Nineva’s capital is Mosul, the country’s third largest city.

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