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New U.S. army chief foresees decade-long "war on terror" 2007-04-11 23:01:45
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    Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq

     WASHINGTON, April 11 (Xinhua) -- George Casey, former top U.S. commander in Iraq, predicted that the "war on terror" will last for at least a decade as he took over as the new Army Chief of Staff, U.S. media reported Wednesday.

    "The next decade is likely to be one of persistent conflict. Weare engaged in a long war," Casey said at his swearing-in ceremony Tuesday.

    Therefore, the U.S. Army is prepared to make the "hard sacrifices" needed to win that "long war," he added.

    Casey said that it will be his responsibility to ensure that the U.S. Army is prepared for the continuing fight against terrorism.

    Casey, the U.S. Army's 36th chief of staff, will be the top administrator of the military's largest branch, managing everything from recruiting to training to supporting the forces at war.

    He replaces Gen. Peter Schoomaker, who was called out of retirement in August 2003 to take up the post.

    Some military analysts and soldiers question whether Casey, who led what some congressional leaders deem a failed approach in Iraq, can now manage an army strained by that war.

U.S. suffers higher casualties in Iraq since "surge" begins

     WASHINGTON, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Two months into the troop "surge" in Iraq, the U.S. military is suffering an increase in battlefield deaths, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.

     Pentagon officials was quoted as saying that the reason is two-fold.

     The first reason is that U.S. units have intensified their efforts to defeat the insurgents.

Editor: Luan Shanglin
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