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DOD: Iraqis Capable of Responding to Insurgent Attacks

By Nick Simeone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2012 – The insurgent violence that left at least 100 people dead across Iraq yesterday poses a potential challenge to the Baghdad government, but U.S. defense officials believe Iraq’s military is capable of handling it, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters today.

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Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little briefs the press on defense issues at the Pentagon, July 24, 2012. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

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“We believe that the Iraqi government is capable of providing for its own security and addressing internal threats that it is facing from al-Qaida and other groups,” Little told reporters at a news conference, while condemning what he called cowardly, intolerable acts.

He spoke a day after what was described as one of the worst single days of violence in Iraq this year. The Sunni extremist group al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for a series of attacks across a wide swath of the country, more than six months after the last U.S. troops left Iraq.

“The level of violence is a potential challenge to the Iraqi government, but we’re confident that they can take care of business,” Little added.


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