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John Abizaid Quotes

30 John Abizaid quotes:

"In terms of overall strength of the insurgency, I would say it is the same as it was,"
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"The weather was bad. We don't know of any enemy action. The investigation continues,"
Author: Abizaid Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"is to build an Iraqi security capacity, all the way from the police level up to the national army level, that is militarily effective and loyal to the established civil government."
"And over time, I think, as Iraqi security capacity builds, you'll see American and coalition presence there decline."
"And so I think that if the person has the funds, the network, and the equipment to do this, and also the experience, which is the key factor, then they can be quite deadly."
"As far as Zarqawi is concerned, there is a network of extremists; it's not just Zarqawi."
"But clearly the fact that we've gone from zero Iraqi security forces on duty in May to up to 200,000 today is an enormous accomplishment, but it's not enough."
"Certainly our goal is to leave Iraq, but we can't leave Iraq with our forces until we know that the Iraqi security forces are capable and efficient enough to defend the sovereignty of the nation."
"It's also natural in that part of the world to blame what people view as the... as the most important authority in the region, and that currently is the United States of America."
"Militarily we are not in any danger of losing. We can't be defeated militarily based on what the enemy currently throws against us."
"Undoubtedly, there are members of the former regime that are cooperating in some fashion and then there are extremists that are within Iraq that are cooperating with them."
"We'll try to include Iraqi officers in our staffs. We will do everything we can to empower Iraqi security forces to stand up on their own and operate where they can alone."
"Well, the reports are correct that we're conducting very robust military operations on the Afghan side of the border in areas where we think al-Qaida is operating and Taliban remnants are."
"What I've asked for is essentially to have a strong mobile combat arms capability, ... That's probably about two brigades worth of combat power, if not more."
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"It is a belief that they hold firmly, and we need to be just as firm that we can't be driven out."
Author: Abizaid Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"We have a number of killed in the action in Nasiriya with the Marines -- I believe that number will remain less than 10 -- and a number of wounded,"
Author: Abizaid Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"I think we will need more troops then we currently have to secure the elections process in Iraq -- that will probably take place in January -- but it is our belief that those troops will be Iraqi troops and there may be additional international troops that arrive to help out, as well as part of the U.N. mission. So I don't see need for more American troops, but we can't discount it."
Author: Abizaid Quotes Category: Elections Quotes
"Being on the run, having to change the way that you do business, being unable to plan in a safe and secure environment, always looking over your shoulder, knowing that some day somebody's going to knock on your door and it's going to be your last."
"But I am satisfied that the information that we have that this is the work of Zarqawi, is accurate."
"But the key shift in focus will be from counter-insurgency operations to more and more cooperation with Iraqi security forces and to building Iraqi security capacity."

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