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“Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, said he couldn't estimate the level of support that insurgents have in Sunni-dominated al Anbar province, where U.S. troops are frequently attacked. But he suggested that the insurgency wouldn't subside until the "thugs and intimidators" behind it were eliminated from the local populace, which only Iraqi forces can accomplish.”

But it's unclear how long that process will take because Iraqi units face numerous issues with the quality of their leadership, lack heavy weapons and rely on Americans for supplies and other logistical support.
The formation of Iraqi units also is hampered by local support in Anbar province for the Sunni Muslim insurgents. That means troops recruited for the Iraqi army must come from outside the area and would be largely composed of Shiite Muslims and Kurds, whose presence might exacerbate the insurgency. “


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