Al Qaeda in Iraq

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

The com­man­der of in­ter­na­tional forces in Iraq said Nov. 1 that sig­nif­i­cant progress has been made against al Qaeda ter­ror­ists in Iraq.

“It’s clear that they no longer have sig­nif­i­cant sanc­tu­ar­ies and lo­gis­tics ca­pa­bil­i­ties to sup­port nu­mer­ous si­mul­ta­ne­ous at­tacks against large por­tions of the pop­u­la­tion,” Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno told re­porters via tele­v­ideo con­fer­ence.

Gen. Odierno said the group still has some ca­pa­bil­ity to con­duct deadly and “vi­cious” at­tacks against civil­ians in parts of Iraq.

But he noted that “the top lev­els of the lead­er­ship have been taken, ei­ther killed or cap­tured.”

“Some of them have been re­placed, but those who re­place them are not as good as those who were there be­fore,” Gen. Odierno said. “And we con­tinue to see a slow degra­da­tion in al Qaeda’s ca­pa­bil­ity here in Iraq.”

He said U.S., al­lied and Iraqi of­fen­sive se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions con­trib­uted to the suc­cess.

“But the real change has been that the pop­u­lace re­jects al Qaeda,” Gen. Odierno said. “They no longer have the pas­sive sup­port of the com­mu­nity. They’ve been re­jected by their ac­tions, and the peo­ple do not want to sup­port them. In fact, what we find for the most part is that peo­ple will do any­thing to keep them out of their area, and they want to work closely with us to en­sure that re­mains.”

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