Fewer Marines Needed in Iraq's Anbar: General

Not many 'bad guys left' in province with Iraqi forces set to take over
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Aug 27, 2008 1:31 PM CDT
Tribal leaders of Iraq's Anbar province gather in the capital last year. Iraqis will soon take over the Anbar province.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Marines’ top general says his two combat units in Iraq’s Anbar province could stand to be deployed elsewhere after the US hands over control there to Iraqi forces next week, the AP reports. “There aren't a whole heck of a lot of bad guys there left to fight,” Gen. James Conway says Marines told him during a recent visit.

With once-violent Anbar now relatively quiet, Conway said the US—and his Marines—could be better served by a shift to Afghanistan. “Quite frankly, young Marines join our Corps to go fight for their country," Conway said. "They are doing a very good job of this nation-building business (in Iraq). But it's our view that if there is a stiffer fight going some place else … then that's where we need to be.”