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Trip Revealed Positive Signs in Iraq

May 9th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

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May 9th, 2007

By Sen. Kit Bond

This past weekend I, along with Senators Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Snowe (R-Maine) and Congressman Issa (R-Calif.), traveled to Iraq. We visited Tikrit, Baghdad, Ramadi and Balad and had the opportunity to meet with the commanding officers in each location.

While it is still too early to tell the overall success of the new plan in Iraq, I was impressed with some of the progress being made — violence in al-Qaim, Haditha, Hit, Ramadi and Fallujah has dramatically decreased; in Baghdad U.S. and Iraqi Security Forces are clearing and holding some of the most dangerous areas; and sectarian violence has decreased.

Congress will have a review by General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker in September. And if present trends continue, I expect an even more encouraging report then. Read more…

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