Tough Spring?

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Ex-Fort Lewis chief predicts tough spring for U.S. troops in Iraq

The experience in Mosul offers a cautionary note as the U.S. military nears the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war amid a drawdown of American troops.

“Al-Qaida realizes that this is an area they want to retain, and they’re fighting pretty hard for it.” said Lt. Gen. James Dubik, the former Fort Lewis commander who now heads U.S. Army efforts to rebuild Iraqi forces.

We’ve reached and passed the point at which I expected insurgent groups to adapt to our new tactics and to begin to exploit weaknesses. It’s the nature of war.

Honestly, things have held pretty strong better than I expected, and hopefully that’s a sign that things are a bit more solid than we probably had any reason to expect.

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Iraqi army soldiers and U.S. Army Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armor Cavalry Regiment conduct a joint patrol in Mosul, Iraq, Feb. 29, 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Robertson)
Camera Operator: STAFF SGT. JASON ROBERTSON Date Shot: 29 Feb 2008