"Still a dangerous place to be"
A U.S. army soldier checks his list as he stands in front of a military vehicle ready to be shipped out of Iraq
November 17th, 2011
05:01 PM ET

"Still a dangerous place to be"

By Senior National Security Producer Charley Keyes

The war in Iraq may be out of the headlines as U.S. forces head for the exits, but they are still in the fight and facing a deadly toll, said the commander overseeing the withdrawal.

"Unfortunately, we did lose a soldier (on Monday)," Maj. Gen. Bernard S. Champoux said Thursday. "This is still a dangerous place to be."

The Pentagon had announced earlier that 23-year old Army Spc. David Hickman of Greensboro, North Carolina, was killed by an improvised explosive device Monday.

"The security situation is still, obviously, still demanding," Champoux said in a video briefing from Iraq with reporters at the Pentagon. He commands U.S. Division-Center and the 25th Infantry Division in support of U.S. Forces-Iraq, overseeing the withdrawal of American troops by December 31.

About 24,000 personnel remain in Iraq, but Champoux predicted that thanks to "a deliberate, thoughtful and synchronized plan," most of them will be out well before Christmas.

In addition to roadside bombs, some U.S. bases are still taking fire. Champoux said that insurgents, including some under the influence of Iran, remain a threat to American military and Iraqi security forces, despite improvements in Iraqi capabilities.

"Unfortunately, there are still extremist groups, some of them are Iranian-backed militias," Champoux said. "There are other violent extremist organizations that are operating inside Iraq" that will continue to challenge U.S. forces.

Champoux predicted that Iraqis will still need assistance standing up to threats coming from outside the country.

"I think there still is an opportunity to build their capability to address external threats," the general said. "I think that is a potential role for us in the future, to build that capability."

The Obama administration announced all troops would be leaving after talks with Iraq broke down over keeping thousands of U.S. forces beyond the end-of-year deadline. At issue was immunity for the remaining troops who could have been used both for training and security.

Post by:
Filed under: Iraq • Military • Operation New Dawn
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Kathyrn Thomer

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2008/11/?m=0

    June 21, 2021 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  2. Kelly Mancino

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life authors and blogs

    http://lostbiro.com/blog/?p=602

    June 21, 2021 at 5:25 pm | Reply
  3. Merrill Berne

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://rumblingstrips.blogspot.com/2009/08/

    June 18, 2021 at 11:42 am | Reply
  4. Stefany Labbee

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://rumblingstrips.blogspot.com/2008/02/quick-links.html

    June 18, 2021 at 11:34 am | Reply
  5. Consuela Prowant

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://lostbiro.com/blog/?page_i&paged=44

    June 15, 2021 at 3:57 am | Reply
  6. Nathanial Dunsford

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs

    http://amusingspace.blogspot.com/2007/12/things-we-think-with.html

    June 15, 2021 at 3:49 am | Reply
  7. Tonisha Zuckerberg

    I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2011/01/boeing-787-dreamliner-za102-first-flight-pushed-until-tomorrow-still-good-paine-field-eye-candy/

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2004/10/resource-center-for-cyberculture_05.html

    June 13, 2021 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  8. Ilona Nissen

    I don't know about you guys but I infatuated with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/02/video-boeing-787-dreamliner-za004-landing/

    http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Be-a-Part-of-Giving-Tuesday-by-Supporting-the-Future-of-Flight-Foundation-.html?soid=1111846961938&aid=zrXG1JFUdEw

    June 13, 2021 at 3:23 am | Reply
  9. Valarie Fukada

    I don't know about you all but I infatuated with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/02/happy-valentines-day/

    http://mastersprogrambest.blogspot.com/2013/09/national-security-masters-programs_20.html

    June 13, 2021 at 3:01 am | Reply
  10. Edwardo Elwood

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a video game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

    http://thisteachinglife.blogspot.com/2005/08/i-have-no-idea-what-to-do-about-this.html

    June 12, 2021 at 4:49 pm | Reply
  11. Orlando Shanker

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://herald.blogs.com/slh/2008/11/something-wicke.html?cid=138375034

    June 12, 2021 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  12. Clay Delaguardia

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://rumblingstrips.blogspot.com/2007/06/organized-blog.html

    June 12, 2021 at 4:20 pm | Reply
  13. Millard Standors

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 11, 2021 at 8:41 am | Reply
  14. Alecia Bertrum

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 5, 2021 at 2:38 am | Reply
  15. Charline Colden

    This was awesome! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 4, 2021 at 8:03 am | Reply
  16. Philip Holtmann

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these Second Life authors and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2005_09_01_archive.html

    June 2, 2021 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  17. Merrill Feyh

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusufhanafy

    June 1, 2021 at 9:57 am | Reply
  18. Sharee Barnes

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl articles and blogs

    http://adolit.blogspot.com/2006/04/what-exactly-is-role-of-education-and.html

    May 30, 2021 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  19. Iluminada Alas

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs

    http://beyondnewhorizons.com/2009/07/the-busy-week/

    May 30, 2021 at 4:02 am | Reply
  20. Deandre Pfalmer

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/05/imagination-wanted-mobile-devices-in.html?showComment=1449825703366

    May 29, 2021 at 3:11 am | Reply
  21. Guillermo Litano

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a video game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2014/09/looking-for-job-in-inclusive-elementary.html?showComment=1495434048061

    May 28, 2021 at 2:58 am | Reply
  22. Albina Hamric

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life articles and blogs

    http://rumblingstrips.blogspot.com/2007/02/

    May 23, 2021 at 2:20 am | Reply
  23. Rafaela Spidell

    I don't know about you guys but I am obsessed with airplanes. I have a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/07/good-and-a-little-scary-changes-coming-to-the-blog/

    http://privatejetstoday.blogspot.com/2010/08/private-jet-flight-attendant-jobs.html

    May 21, 2021 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  24. William Boehning

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you want to see more you can see these Second Life articles and blogs

    http://adolit.blogspot.com/2013/01/so-that-we-may-shame-shamers.html

    May 20, 2021 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  25. Louie Oscarson

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl authors and blogs

    http://myvedana.blogspot.com/2013/04/mediated-publics.html

    May 19, 2021 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  26. Temeka Inzer

    I don't know about you all but I infatuated with airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/01/us-airways-crj200-aborts-take-off-runs-off-runway/

    http://urlm.co/g/c/f/163872

    May 19, 2021 at 1:51 am | Reply
  27. Edgardo Jurgenson

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

    http://digitalbeginnings.blogspot.com/2007/08/hi-ho-iteddy.html

    May 16, 2021 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  28. Kizzy Sikat

    I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loves airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff I don't know about you guys but I love airplanes. I had a friend in highschool that loved airplanes, so here are some airplane related stuff https://www.airlinereporter.com/2010/04/vacation-time-heading-to-mexico/

    http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs151/1111846961938/archive/1119161431892.html

    May 16, 2021 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  29. Warren Dinehart

    This was great! I would like you to clean up all this spam though

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/yusuf-hanafy-82493b183

    May 11, 2021 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  30. Leanna Erskine

    Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a game where you can do anything you want. Second life is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these sl websites and blogs

    http://everydayliteracies.blogspot.com/2010/10/?m=0

    May 10, 2021 at 4:22 am | Reply
  31. justin

    Dangerous Iraq? damn so much for the vaction i was planning with my wife & kids.

    November 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  32. jerry

    when we pulled out of vietnam the NVA an VC murdered hundreds of thousands..men, women, and children. When will we learn? This is horrible and a win for our enemies who would enslave us if they could and if BO had his way they would.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:54 am | Reply
  33. AlaskaPalin

    Why fight war if we are not going to take spoils. Case in point iraq- oil rich and we speak about not financing the war. If we had brought up the pumping capacity to 6 million barrels per day- war would have been paid for; price of oil would have fallen then we leave. Instead we go in, we fight and the chinese gets the profit.

    November 18, 2011 at 10:01 am | Reply
    • justin

      yeah i guess when Bush invaded Iraq to steal its oil it was all for nothing. Ive seen your posts before you GOP scum.

      November 18, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  34. Mr.Squish

    I would like to know the awnser to that question too.

    November 17, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  35. Mike

    Now are those vehicles heading to Mogadishu along with our Ft. Bragg soldiers next month, or will they take their own???

    November 17, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Reply

Post a comment


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.