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Topic - Lloyd J. Austin
It took Mosier Valley, the oldest black community in Tarrant County, nearly 40 years to receive water and sewer service from the city.
Blending solemn tradition with joyous reunion, the top commander of U.S. forces in Iraq returned home to U.S. soil Tuesday, greeted by his wife and his president in an understated ceremony to mark the end of a nine-year conflict that has defined a generation.
The United States will not "walk away" from the challenge of Iran's stepped-up arming of Iraqi insurgents who are targeting and killing American troops as they prepare to leave Iraq, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said Monday.
The Obama administration would keep U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the agreed final withdrawal date of Dec. 31, 2011, if the Iraqi government wants them, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Thursday.
The United States on Wednesday changed commanders in Iraq, beginning the final phase of American military involvement in the country despite political uncertainty and persistent violence.
"Although challenges remain, we will face these challenges together," Gen. Austin said during the ceremony at the opulent al-Faw palace that was a former hunting lodge for ousted dictator Saddam Hussein.
"Iraq still faces a hostile enemy, who is determined to hinder progress," said Gen. Lloyd Austin, the newly installed commander of 50,000 remaining men who look like, talk like and fight like American soldiers. "Make no mistake, our military forces here and those of the Iraqi nation remain committed to ensuring that our friends in Iraq succeed."