General Says Iraq Violence Is Counterproductive

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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The top U.S. commander in Iraq says he believes that the recent increase in violence in Iraq may end up hurting the extremists who are behind the attacks.

Gen. Ray Odierno says that overall stability remains good in
Iraq as the U.S. prepares to meet a deadline for withdrawing forces
from major cities.

Odierno says the attacks ahead of that pullout are aimed at
diverting attention from the progress made by Iraqi security forces
as well as local and national government.

Looking to the future, Odierno says that any instability is most
likely to stem from unresolved political issues such as relations
between Arabs and Kurds and the question of reconciliation among
various religious and political factions.

Odierno appeared on "Fox News Sunday."

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