The Situation in Baghdad as the Surge Ends

On Monday, Maj. Gen. Joseph Fil, the outgoing commander of U.S. forces in Baghdad, provided an update on the situation in Baghdad to reporters at the Pentagon.

He spoke about: decreases in violence; the location and strength of insurgent and al-Qaida remnants in the city; efforts to train Iraqi troops; the progress of Iraqi army commanders, how U.S. forces will adjust as the “surge” ends; future plans for integrating “Concerned Local Citizen” militias into Iraqi Security Forces; reports that U.S.-backed CLCs have been responsible for sectarian violence; etc.

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