Commander: Time to reassess Iraq needed

March 4, 2008 8:17:37 AM PST
The top U.S. military commander in the Middle East says that officials will probably need some time this summer to reassess the situation in Iraq before drawing down more troops. Adm. William Fallon said he expects Gen. David Petraeus will suggest to him that come midyear "it's prudent to make an assessment of where we are."

Fallon said that Petraeus, who oversees combat in Iraq, has the daunting task of making sure Iraqi security forces are ready to take over. He said the goal will be to try not to lose the momentum U.S. forces have gained.