In testimony before the United States Senate, the top U.S. military officer and the leading U.S. diplomat in Iraq said that recent gains in Iraq’s security situation are significant but reversible. Both General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker said that the threat from al-Qaida in Iraq has been diminished, but not extinguished; ethno-sectarian violence has been reduced, but could flare up, particularly if it is fueled by the actions of outside actors. And both men spoke of the continuing destructive influence of Iran in Iraq.


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