Myers: Things in Iraq improving

WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- Gen. Richard Myers, head of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Sunday said he thinks the situation in Iraq is improving.

"I think a lot of aspects in Iraq are getting better," he said in an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation."


Myers said despite the sectarian nature of some of the attacks being carried out, "I don't think we're close to a civil war at this point."

Myers said terrorist attacks are down 25 percent compared with the number committed around the time of the Iraqi elections in January and during Ramadan.

"In 14 of 18 provinces there is little activity," he added.

On reports of abuse at Guantanamo Bay, Myers said the real question should be how to deal with violent people bent on killing themselves and others.

He said the Red Cross as been at the prison set up to deal with those captured in the war on terror since the day it opened and "we get good marks."

"We have gone to extraordinary lengths to treat people humanely," Myers said, noting that if the 68,000 prisoners handled by the facility, investigators have been able to document just 100 cases of mistreatment.


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