Intelligence insiders call Iraq ‘grave’


There was seemingly something for everyone in the new U.S. National Intelligence Estimate assessing the results of the military surge in Iraq.

The report cites “measurable but uneven improvements in Iraq’s security situation” but says political reconciliation remains “elusive.” One of the surge’s top backers, Frederick W. Kagan, writes in the Weekly Standard that the report was a vindication of the strategy and downplayed too much the political progress underway.

A U.S. intelligence official told reporters he expects “continued measured improvement” on the security front but that the Iraqi government will continue to struggle on the national level.

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