Commander In Iraq Talks With WITN

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Thousands of eastern Carolina Marines will spend another Christmas in Iraq. Among them, more than 6,000 from Regimental Combat Team Two based at Camp Lejeune.

Colonel Herman Clardy is in command of the regiment and talked with with WITN Wednesday from Iraq.

Colonel Clardy says, "As I look ahead I'm very optimistic. I believe we'll see a growth in the governance, a growth in the rule of law. We'll see economic development out here, these people have moved on they're ready to move on with their lives to seek prosperity to have a more lasting peace. More importantly, I see a lot of hope in the eyes of the Iraqi people."

The Marines deployed to Iraq last December and are expected to return in January.