Iraqis ready to take over from US
US: Despite some recent high-profile bombings, Iraqi forces are ready
to take over major cities from U.S. forces, the top U.S. general in Iraq
Ray Odierno, commanding general of all U.S. forces in Iraq, said in
an interview with CNN's "State of the Union" that he has seen a
"constant improvement" in both the security situation and governance in
Iraq to prepare for the June 30 deadline for U.S. combat troops to
withdraw from major cities.
Except for soldiers in advisory roles, all U.S. combat troops will
leave Iraqi cities and towns by June 30 according to a security pact
between the two nations.
In a separate interview on "Fox News Sunday," Odierno said all U.S.
troops were already out of Iraq's major cities before Tuesday's
"We have already moved out of the cities," he said.
"We've been slowly doing it over the last eight months. And the final
units have moved out of the cities over the last several weeks," said