facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Iraqi security rests on local military

Sept. 16, 2005 at 8:36 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- The success of insurgent attacks in Iraq indicates the U.S. effort could take years to complete before handing security control to Iraqi forces.

More than 200 people were killed in attacks this week in Iraq by an insurgency U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney last spring characterized as being in its "last throes."

The administration quickly changed that tune. In June, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said: "Insurgencies tend to go on five, six, eight, 10, 12 years. Coalition forces, foreign forces are not going to repress that insurgency. We're going to create an environment that (allows) the Iraqi people and the Iraqi security forces can win against that insurgency."

Seth Jones, a terror expert with the RAND Corp., told The Christian Science Monitor: "There has been a clear realization that this war is not winnable in the short term."

The Monitor said the Bush administration's supposition that political gains in Iraq would quell the insurgency has also been proven wrong and only when the militants sense a military advantage truly going to the Iraqi government will the insurgency lose steam.

© 2005 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested for kidnapping, sexual assault Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper arrested for kidnapping, sexual assault
2
World leaders pledge to use 'any means necessary' to defeat Islamic State World leaders pledge to use 'any means necessary' to defeat Islamic State
3
Lobbyist Thomas 'Tommy' Boggs dies of heart attack
4
Mom: Darrien Hunt was shot 'because he was black' Mom: Darrien Hunt was shot 'because he was black'
5
Plane crash in Vinoy Park narrowly misses St. Pete condos Plane crash in Vinoy Park narrowly misses St. Pete condos
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback