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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Abizaid optimistic 'we can stabilize Iraq'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Gen. John Abizaid said Wednesday he is optimistic that "we can stabilize Iraq."

Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command, made his comments during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Abizaid, who visited the region last month, said he was encouraged by what he saw.

"While sectarian violence remains high and worrisome, it's certainly not as bad as the situation appeared back in August," he said.

"I wouldn't say that we have turned the corner in this regard, but it's not nearly as bad as it was back in August, and I was encouraged by that."

Abizaid said U.S. officials are considering a range of options in Iraq.

"It goes all the way from increasing our U.S. combat forces all the way down to withdrawing our U.S. combat forces," he said.
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