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General Luck Report

Asked when people could expect to see the report published by General Luck that the Prime Minister discussed in his Liaison meeting, the PMOS said that last April we had started to delineate the process of Iraqiisation. This meant that gradually, the responsibilities of the multinational forces were being transferred over to the Iraqi forces whenever they were capable, both in terms of quantity and quality. General Luck’s report was a progress report on that process, and it fitted into the pattern of what Prime Minister Allawi had said two weeks ago about the six steps needed to move forward (eg patrolling cities, and the Iraqi forces replacing the multinational force). What it did not, however, propose was the idea of strict timetables because there was a difference between timelines, which were a step by step approach, and timetables. This would be impossible not only because the Iraqis had to be capable of handling their own security, but also because we did not want to target a date for the insurgents to attack on.

Asked when the report might be available, the PMOS said the Prime Minister had told the Committee he had only seen a draft, so there would be nothing available until the draft had been made into a final product.

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