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
"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.