Iraq: Security Surge Delivers Significant Results
Remarks in Baghdad, Iraq
John Negroponte, Deputy Secretary of State
Iraq: Security Surge Has Delivered Significant Results
The security surge has delivered significant results. And now progress on political reconciliation, including key national legislation as well as economic advances, is needed to consolidate the gains thus far. If progress is not made on these fronts we risk falling back to the more violent patterns of the past.
It is clear that Iraqis at both local and provincial levels are standing up to take control of their territories from violent extremists.
It's one thing to have brought the violence under some semblance of control but it's another now to follow up with the necessary reconstruction and stabilization projects that will help guard these regions and protect them from a recurrence of this type of violence.