August 29, 2007 |
President Bush warned Tuesday that the Middle East faces a bleak future if the United States fails in Iraq, evoking a "dark vision" of terrorist havens, disrupted energy supplies and a regional arms race triggered by a nuclear-armed Iran. "The region would be dramatically transformed," Bush said in a speech to the American Legion's national convention, "in a way that could imperil the civilized world."
August 1, 2007 |
The day-to-day commander of the U.S. military in Iraq said Tuesday that American forces would be needed in the country for a few more years in order to stave off chaos. "We think that based on the campaign plan that we need forces here for a few more years," Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told The Times during a tour of a U.S. Army base in Babil province south of the capital.
June 23, 2007 |
The Army general in charge of day-to-day operations in Iraq said Friday that with all combat troops deployed in the Bush administration's buildup now in place, the U.S. military would push more forcefully to root out insurgents in and around Baghdad. Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said the new offensive differed from previous operations in the capital. He said the additional troops would allow U.S.
June 1, 2007 |
The top U.S. ground commander in Iraq warned Thursday that September may be too soon to tell whether the American troop buildup in Baghdad has worked, casting doubt on a crucial milestone set by Congress to reassess Iraq war strategy. With the last units of the U.S. combat troop buildup reaching Baghdad this month, the U.S. strategy will have been in full effect for about 60 days by September, said Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of day-to-day military operations in Iraq.
June 16, 2007 |
All of the U.S. troops deployed as part of President Bush's military buildup are now in Iraq, a military spokesman said Friday, but the deaths of five soldiers and the crash of an Air Force fighter jet underscored the perils they face trying to quell Iraq's violence. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Baghdad late Friday on an unannounced visit. He is the latest in a string of high-ranking U.S.
February 24, 2007 |
Britain will increase its troop strength by 1,000 in southern Afghanistan to bolster NATO forces battling Taliban militants, news media reported days after Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was pulling some troops out of Iraq. Defense Minister Des Browne confirmed that a deployment would bolster the more than 5,000 British troops already in Afghanistan, but he would not provide a number.
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February 26, 2007 |
Aligning himself with congressional Democrats in the debate on the Iraq war, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reiterated Sunday that the U.S. needs to set clear timelines for bringing troops home, lest Iraq devolve into a quagmire with no end in sight. Republican Schwarzenegger, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," said Americans won't support a war that becomes an open-ended commitment -- a point, he said, that needs to be made to the Iraqis.
April 3, 2007 |
The Pentagon said Monday that to sustain the current buildup of troops in Baghdad through the summer, two Army units have been ordered to return to Iraq without the normal yearlong stay at their home bases.
July 13, 2007 |
Stemming a revolt among Senate Republicans, President Bush appeared Thursday to win two more months for his "surge" strategy in Iraq after arguing that U.S. forces had made some progress and needed time to make the country more secure. Issuing a report to Congress on the war, Bush acknowledged that Iraqi leaders had made little headway in resolving the political conflicts that have paralyzed the government and fueled sectarian violence.
July 7, 2007 |
Wearied by the lack of progress in Iraq and by the steady stream of military funerals back home, a growing number of Republican lawmakers who had stood loyally with President Bush are insisting his strategy has failed and are calling on him to bring the war to an end. In the last two weeks, three GOP senators -- including one of the party's leading voices on foreign affairs and one of Bush's strongest allies -- have urged the president to change course now so U.S. troops can start to withdraw.