“If the U.S. has no mandate to stay, redeploying to the north would not be a substitute,” Mr. Katzman said. “You couldn’t accomplish your security mission in the south from bases in the north.”
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Gen. Odierno said the capability of Iraqi forces has improved greatly, but they still “need logistics, they need aviation support, they need a little bit of fire” support. “They still need some training with our leaders as well, and partnering is the best way ahead for them.”
“I think a bit longer — a year, 18 months more — of partnering with these units will make a whole lot of difference for them and a lot of them will be able to stand on their own.”
Barbara Slavin reported from Washington.
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