September 16, 2008 7:11 PM

Odierno: Former door-kicker now reflects Iraq progress

Soon after he took over as the new U.S. military commander in Iraq Tuesday, Gen. Raymond T. Oderino greeted the U.S. troops standing before him in Arabic: "As-Salam Alaikum," or peace be upon you. For a soldier once known for his aggressive tactics and his impatience with local residents, his budding Arabic marked an extraordinary evolution.

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