A Different October Surprise

Iraqi provincial elections originally planned for October of this year appear to have been postponed.  Petraeus says he believes they will still happen sometime in the fall.  That’s from the Washington Independent’s coverage of the confirmation hearings before the Armed Services Committee.  Petraeus is slated to move to central command, while Odierno would take Petraeus’ position as Iraq commander. In what is probably bigger news, provinces that were to transfer to Iraqi control this year won’t.  I’m not really sure how real “Iraqi control” would have been, given our continuing involvement in the country, but that sounds like the Iraqi government is less prepared than was predicted.

However, it is Petraeus’s plan to announce more troop withdrawals in September or thereabouts.


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