Saturday, January 27, 2007

Petraeus Supports Troop Increase in Confirmation Hearing

Lt. Gen.David H. Petraeus gives his opening statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee during testimony for his nomination as the new commander of Multi-National Forces-Iraq, in Washington, Jan. 23, 2007.

By Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2007 – President Bush’s pick for command of Multinational Force Iraq today supported the new strategy for Iraq , emphasizing that additional U.S. forces are essential in accomplishing the mission there.

“If we are to carry out the Multinational Force Iraq mission in accordance with the new strategy, the additional forces that have been directed to move to Iraq will be essential, as will greatly increased support by our government’s other agencies, additional resources for reconstruction and economic initiatives, and a number of other actions critical to what must be a broad, comprehensive, multifaceted approach to the challenges in Iraq,” Army Lt. Gen. David Petraeus said at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Full Story.

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