Sunday, March 19, 2006
AP: Gen. Casey says 2 more years in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) - The top U.S. commander in Iraq says he expects "a couple more years of" the American military operations in Iraq, with a gradual decline in troop numbers. General George Casey, left, tells NBC U.S. and allied troops will gradually hand over more of their work to Iraqi forces.
Casey says Iraq's religious divisions and violence make it "fragile." But he disputes a top Iraqi politician's characterization of the violence as a civil war. Former Prime Minister Ayad Allawi tells the BBC Iraq is losing 50 to 60 people a day. He adds if that's "not civil war, then God knows what civil war is."
Casey says he hasn't spoken with Allawi recently. But the general says he doesn't see a civil war erupting "any time soon."
Congressional war critic John Murtha tells NBC "We're caught in a civil war." The congressman says America must tell Iraqis, "This is up to you now to settle this thing."
General George Casey, left, tells NBC U.S. and allied troops will gradually hand over more of their work to Iraqi forces.
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