In a joint press conference with General David Petraeus, United States Central Command commanding general, General Raymond Odierno, commanding general of United States Forces in Iraq, replying to a question regarding Iraqi government’s treatment of Ashraf residents said: “With the MEK, obviously that is an issue between the Government of Iraq and the Government of Iran. It’s a very difficult issue.
I’ve been…you know it’s important to deal with this problem in a measured way, because one thing that Iraq is starting to develop itself is it’s a government that’s guided by the rule of law, it’s guided by the rights of Iraqi citizens. And I think it’s important that they handle these very difficult problems in measured ways, try to solve them through diplomatic and political means instead of having to use military force right away. And I think…that’s a lesson that I think is important and they’re learning and they’re trying to do. And so I give them credit for trying to work it that way. Thank you.”