New Iraq Report

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. intelligence agencies have reportedly found some signs of progress in Iraq -- amid some doubts about whether the Iraqi government can carry that progress forward.

A defense official is providing some details of The National Intelligence Assessment on Iraq, scheduled to be released later today. The official says it found that pitting Sunni insurgents against al-Qaida in some areas appears to have worked. In the program, U.S. commanders negotiate cease-fires with the militants and incorporate the fighters into Iraqi government security forces.

But the report is also laden with grim warnings.

Among them, the possibility that extremists could carry out sensational attacks aimed at further undermining public support for the war.

And The New York Times reports Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's
government takes a beating in the report, which it says doubts his ability to overcome sectarian divisions and meet crucial benchmarks.


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