Bush ready to send more troops to Iraq

President George W Bush is poised to increase troop numbers in Iraq as part of a dramatic new strategy designed to regain control of Baghdad and suffocate the Sunni insurgency.

//www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/12/16/wirq116.xml



U.S. preparing surge of forces into Iraq?

The 2nd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division is expected in Kuwait shortly after the new year, a senior Defense Department official told The Associated Press on Friday. The official requested anonymity because the plans had not yet been announced.

//www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16234949/


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Up to 50,000 Troops May Soon Be Sent to Iraq

Military planners and White House budget analysts have been asked to provide President Bush with options for increasing American forces in Iraq. Officials said that the options being considered included the deployment of upwards of 50,000 additional troops, but that the political, training and recruiting obstacles to an increase larger than 20,000 to 30,000 troops would be prohibitive.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121606Y.shtml

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Joint Chiefs Oppose Bush Plan to Add Troops

The Joint Chiefs think the White House, after a month of talks, still does not have a defined mission and is latching on to the surge idea in part because of limited alternatives, despite warnings about the potential disadvantages for the military, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the White House review is not public.

//www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121906B.shtml

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