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 John Abizaid - “there's actually some indication, based on intelligence information that we have, that ammo is starting to be difficult for them to obtain in certain areas.”
 John Abizaid - “You know as well as I do that counterinsurgency is a very nuanced type of military operation.”
 John Abizaid - “Yet, we believe that that's probably the vigilance of Iraqi security forces and some of our proactive measures the night before probably saved lives.”
 John Abizaid - “Well, the reports are correct that we're conducting very robust military operations on the Afghan side of the border in areas where we think al-Qaida is operating and Taliban remnants are.”
 John Abizaid - “We've got to ensure that the quality and the capability of these forces will be good enough to withstand the challenges that the insurgents and the terrorists will present to the new Iraqi government.”
 John Abizaid - “We'll try to include Iraqi officers in our staffs. We will do everything we can to empower Iraqi security forces to stand up on their own and operate where they can alone.”
 John Abizaid - “Undoubtedly, there are members of the former regime that are cooperating in some fashion and then there are extremists that are within Iraq that are cooperating with them.”
 John Abizaid - “The real target is creating enough chaos in Iraq so that an extremist government can emerge there that would be friendly and conducive to the form of ideology that bin Laden, Zawahiri and Zarqawi believe in.”
 John Abizaid - “Our forces will not be on the sidelines.”
 John Abizaid - “In other words, for every 10 enemy you kill you bring on 20 new recruits to their anti-coalition cause then essentially you are working against yourself.”
 John Abizaid - “I think what actually works best is local-level individual targeting of key leadership nodes.”
 John Abizaid - “But I am satisfied that the information that we have that this is the work of Zarqawi, is accurate.”
 John Abizaid - “As far as Zarqawi is concerned, there is a network of extremists it's not just Zarqawi.”
 John Abizaid - “And so I think that if the person has the funds, the network, and the equipment to do this, and also the experience, which is the key factor, then they can be quite deadly.”
 John Abizaid - “Well, the hardest thing to do, as we know from our own experience on 911 is protect everything all the time.”
 John Abizaid - “Capturing any member of any terrorist cell or any insurgent cell that we may happen to come across is always very, very valuable, and the thing that interests me is that in most instances after a time people talk and they tell us what they know.”
 John Abizaid - “And over time, I think, as Iraqi security capacity builds, you'll see American and coalition presence there decline.”
 John Abizaid - “The attacks against coalition forces have definitely gone down. Our attacks against the enemy have gone up. Attacks against civilians over time has gone up,”
 John Abizaid - “Today we provided two more heavy-lift helicopters that can come over from Afghanistan ... We've got about 13 more that are over there that are coming forward. We will eventually get about 25 more over here. We are bringing in as much as we can,”
 John Abizaid - “Today we provided two more heavy-lift helicopters that can come over from Afghanistan,”
 John Abizaid - “I will tell you that the insurgency, as long as politics continues to move in the direction that it appears to be moving and the Iraqi security forces continue to move in the direction they are moving, the insurgency does not have a chance for victory,”
 John Abizaid - “that this is not a rush to failure. It's a rush to victory.”
 John Abizaid - “So, these political activities will create friction in and of themselves, and in this environment of friction there'll be additional violence.”
 John Abizaid - “What I've asked for is essentially to have a strong mobile combat arms capability, ... That's probably about two brigades worth of combat power, if not more.”
 John Abizaid - “The implications of allowing the region to become dominated by the ideology of al-Qaeda are the same as the implication in the years previous to World War II of allowing fascism to become the ideology of Germany, ... It will lead to a big war that none of us can stand.”

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