Bridget Johnson
The Hill
August 9, 2010

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The commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Sunday that it will be important to not “overreact” to insurgent attacks as Iraqi forces assume security responsibilities.

The final American combat team formally handed over those responsibilities to their Iraqi counterparts in ceremonies Saturday attended by Gen. Ray Odierno.

On ABC’s “This Week,” Odierno expressed confidence in Iraqis’ ability to keep a hand on security, despite political instability and concerns that insurgent groups will now have a better opportunity to reorganize.

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“What we can’t do is overreact to incidents,” Odierno said. “There are going to be incidents that occur here. There is a level of violence and a level of terrorism here that’s going to occur.”

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