Third ID Commander Says Rebuilding Iraq Will Take Time

The Third Infantry Division will soon be completely established in Iraq. Right now, 8,000 Third ID soldiers are in Iraq or are on their way. By June 15, division commander Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch said President Bush's troop surge should be completely in place.

While he said these additional troops are already making progress, rebuilding Iraq will take time and may still be a tough road ahead.

"You're not going to build a flourishing economy overnight," explained Gen. Lynch in a satellite phone interview Thursday. "You're all trying to measure progress and how long it's going to take. It's going to be more difficult sooner, rather than later."

Gen. Lynch is commanding the troops of Task Force Marne in Baghdad. Those troops include the Third Infantry Division as well as soldiers who are attached to the Third ID from places including Alaska and Fort Drum, New York.

Reported by: Liz Flynn,