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Petraeus: Iraqi Leaders Not Making ‘Sufficient Progress’

March 14, 2008

By Cameron W. Barr 
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, March 14, 2008; Page A10

BAGHDAD, March 13 — Iraqi leaders have failed to take advantage of a reduction in violence to make adequate progress toward resolving their political differences, Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said Thursday.

U.S. Commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, speaks at the Pentagon ...
U. S. Commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus.
(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Petraeus, who is preparing to testify to Congress next month on the Iraq war, said in an interview that “no one” in the U.S. and Iraqi governments “feels that there has been sufficient progress by any means in the area of national reconciliation,” or in the provision of basic public services.

The general’s comments appeared to be his sternest to date on Iraqis’ failure to achieve political reconciliation. In February, following the passage of laws on the budget, provincial elections and an amnesty for certain detainees, Petraeus was more encouraging. “The passage of the three laws today showed that the Iraqi leaders are now taking advantage of the opportunity that coalition and Iraqi troopers fought so hard to provide,” he said at the time.

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