Odierno faces major challenges in stabilizing the country. Among them are the likely reduction of U.S. troops under the next president and the integration of pro-U.S. Sunni militias into the Iraqi police and military.
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Though levels of violence are down, many Iraqis resent the continued presence of U.S. troops and Petraeus warned that the apparent security gains over the past year remain fragile.
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