They still have some work to do, but they are fightingIraq security improving, top official says Jan 08, 2008
It is at a much lower level in the army and higher with policeIraq security improving, top official says Jan 08, 2008
I believe little, very few, of al-Qaida are reconcilable. But there might be a small portionU.S. military talks to Iraqi insurgents Jun 01, 2007
I think what we need is an Iraqi government that is legitimate in the eyes of the Iraqi population, an Iraq that is able to protect itself and not be a safe haven for terror. That's what I think winning isU.S. general prepped for Iraq command Nov 20, 2006
That is going to be based on the ability to see ourselves, see the enemy in the ways that provide us an overwhelming advantageHi tech edge wins wars, says general May 19, 2005
Raymond T. Odierno (pronounced /oʊdiˈɛərnoʊ/; born 1954) is a United States Army general who serves as the current Commanding General, United States Forces - Iraq, a post he has held since its creation on January 1, 2010. He assumed command of USF-I's predecessor, Multi-National Force - Iraq on September 16, 2008. He previously served as Commanding General, III Corps, from May 2006 to May 2008. General Odierno is known as the operational architect of the Iraq War troop surge of 2007 and is credited with implementing the counterinsurgency strategy that, along with the Sunni Awakening militia movement, led to the dramatic decrease in violence in Iraq from late 2006 to early 2008. The Weekly Standard has argued that his employment of forces to quell violence across Iraq "redefined the operational art of counterinsurgency". General Odierno is the twelfth American military officer to command at the Division, Corps, and Army level during the same conflict and only the second to have this honor since the Vietnam War.
Prior to commanding III Corps, he served as Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington, where he was the primary military advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from 3 November 2004 to 1 May 2006.
Odierno grew up in Rockaway, New Jersey, where he attended Morris Hills High School, followed by the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated in June 1976 with a bachelor of science degree. Later, he attended North Carolina State University and the Naval War College, receiving masters in nuclear effects engineering and national security and strategy, respectively. General Odierno is also a graduate of the Army War College.