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August 14, 2006 3:00 AM

Rosy assessments on Iraq `not related to reality,' some say

As security conditions continue to deteriorate in Iraq, many Iraqi politicians are challenging the optimistic forecasts of governments in Baghdad and Washington, with some worrying that the rosy views are preventing the creation of effective strategies against the escalating violence. Their worst fear, one that some American soldiers share, is that top officials dont really understand whats happening. Those concerns seem to be supported by statistics that show Iraqs violence has increased steadily during the past three years.

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