Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Journal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Journal

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RETIRED GENERAL TO DISCUSS EFFORTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Retired Army Gen. John Abizaid, former commander for U.S. Central Command, will be in Jacksonville to address "Diplomacy, the Military and the Future of the Middle East."

The World Affairs Council of Jacksonville and the University of North Florida are co-hosting the free event at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at UNF's University Center.

As the world still looks for solutions to the crisis in the Middle East, Abizaid offers an insider's review of the military efforts and cultural differences at play. Abizaid, whose grandparents were Lebanese, often could be found in some of Baghdad's toughest neighborhoods talking with locals who were surprised to encounter a four-star U.S. general speaking with them in their own language, according to a World Affairs Council news release.

Abizaid was one of the first to recognize the protracted nature of the conflict against religious-inspired extremists and reorganized efforts to fight what he termed "The Long War," the council said.

He'll provide insight into the current situation in the Middle East, pointing out how this enemy necessitates a new style of warfare and military.

Abizaid retired after 34 years, during which he rose from an infantry platoon leader to become the youngest four-star general in the Army and the longest-serving commander of Central Command, according to his biography.

Complimentary tickets are required for the event. World Affairs Council members can reserve tickets at (904) 280-8162. Tickets also can be reserved at www.unf.edu or (904) 620-2117.

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