With Zarqawi Dead, Can the Troops Come Home?

With the Iraqi military and police growing strong, some U.S. officers are privately saying it is time to start pulling American forces back

June has been good for the U.S. and Iraqi governments, but has it been as good as both say? The killing of terrorist leader Abu Mousab al-Zarqawi was a huge victory that led to the capture of some 800 insurgents and the killings of at least 100 more, officials said. But even as Iraqi National Security Adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie trumpeted "the beginning of the end of al-Qaeda in Iraq," the U.S. military death toll passed 2,500, deadly attacks by insurgents continued, and al-Zarqawi's successor was named. A U.S. military spokesman identified him as Egyptian-born Abu Ayyub al-Masri, though jihadis said his...

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