November 16, 2006 |
The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Wednesday that he had requested an increase in the number of U.S. military advisors in Iraq and had sent another 2,000-Marine unit into the country's restive western region, moves that will increase the number of American troops in Iraq. In two back-to-back hearings on Capitol Hill, Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, head of U.S.
September 20, 2006 |
The top American commander in the Middle East said Tuesday that continuing violence in Iraq coupled with delays in forming an effective government and viable security forces would prevent any reduction in U.S. troops before spring. Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, head of the U.S. Central Command, said that six months ago he would have predicted that two U.S. brigades, or about 7,000 troops, could have been withdrawn by now. Deteriorating conditions have scuttled those plans.
March 22, 2006 |
Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, who has overseen military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since shortly after U.S. forces invaded Iraq in 2003, will stay on for another year, defense officials said Tuesday. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld recently asked Abizaid to stay for at least another year beyond this summer, one official said. The officials who discussed the matter did so on condition of anonymity because the extension had not been announced.
May 19, 2005 |
Problems plaguing the Iraqi police are continuing to forestall the reduction of U.S. troops in Iraq, requiring the American military to maintain a higher profile there, the U.S. general directing the war said Wednesday. Iraqi army units have slowly become better trained and disciplined. But the police, who make up one-third of Iraq's security forces, have made fewer gains and are more prone to corruption, said Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, head of the U.S. Central Command.
March 2, 2005 |
The top U.S. general in the Middle East said Tuesday that the failure of insurgents to prevent millions of Iraqis from voting in January showed that the violent guerrilla movement was fizzling. Citing estimates from field commanders, Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, head of the U.S. Central Command, told a Senate committee that approximately 3,500 insurgents were involved in planning and executing the roughly 300 attacks on election day, Jan. 30.
January 12, 2005 |
The head of the U.S. military's Central Command arrived here Tuesday for a two-day visit aimed at easing tensions with this key American ally and sounding out Turkish officials about expanding the use of an air base for operations in Iraq. The Incirlik base in southern Turkey "is a Turkish base, not an American base. We look forward to use the facilities there as an ally," Army Gen. John P. Abizaid said, acknowledging that use of the base for Iraq operations was discussed.