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U.S. General Warns Insurgent Attacks Threaten Iraq

Newly appointed commander of U.S. forces in Iraq General Lloyd Austin (file photo)Newly appointed commander of U.S. forces in Iraq General Lloyd Austin (file photo)
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Newly appointed commander of U.S. forces in Iraq General Lloyd Austin (file photo)
Newly appointed commander of U.S. forces in Iraq General Lloyd Austin (file photo)
The top U.S. military commander in Iraq says a failure to curb militant bombings and other attacks there could lead to foreign investors pulling out.  

General Lloyd Austin said that "security improvements" in the south that had spurred economic development were threatened by "externally supported illegal militias and other extremists."

He spoke after 28 people were killed and dozens wounded in a twin bombing outside a government building north of Baghdad.  

A car bomb and a roadside bomb blew up in a crowded parking lot outside a government office in Taji, some 20 kilometers north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.  

The attack comes amid a recent spike in insurgent attacks.

At least 10 police and soldiers were killed in a string of attacks over the country over the past three days.  

Three women and two children were killed in a rocket attack near the Rashid Hotel in central Baghdad late on July 4.

Analysts say Iraq has seen a rise in attacks as U.S. forces prepare to withdraw by December.

Fifteen U.S. soldiers were killed in June, the deadliest month in three years for U.S. forces in Iraq.

It was also the worst month for civilian deaths since January with 155 killed.

Against that backdrop, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has urged Iraqi lawmakers to consider whether to allow some U.S. combat troops to stay beyond their year-end departure deadline.

According to AP, the White House is offering to keep up to 10,000 combat troops in Iraq next year.  

The Senate's top Democrat, Harry Reid, however, told AP he opposed any U.S. troop extension in Iraq, given the costs and the U.S. debt crisis.

Reid estimated nearly $1 trillion has been spent in Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003, with $50 billion spent there this year alone.

compiled from agency reports
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by: Wingnuts from: usa
July 06, 2011 14:18
Ya Think?

by: Ray F. from: Lawrence, KS
July 06, 2011 15:07
"American Citizen Warns that Fiscal Indebtedness Threatens U.S.." This general is a perfect example of the myopic quality of our current military leadership. My guess he is worried that his big-fat contract with the MIC might be in jeopardy if we end these senseless wars too soon. Somebody needs to remind these generals to keep their parochial commentary to themselves!
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by: Mujtaba from: Pakistan
July 22, 2011 15:14
Nyc.... !!! I wish that every American citizen cud think lyk uu .... !!!!

by: William from: Aragon
July 06, 2011 23:43
The US occupied this country with a massive army for nearly 10 years and could not curb the violence, including a civil war. Why does it think that things will change under the Iraqis? The current US model of trying to achieve foreign policy goals through military means has not worked, and needs to be changed. If a foreign policy statement needs to be made, then it should be made by the Secretary of State who is accountable to Congress, rather than by a general who is not.

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