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January 15, 2007 | Rone Tempest, Times Staff Writer
John Hanson, a city building inspector in Northern California, already served one tour in Iraq with his National Guard unit. If called, he said he is prepared to go back: "But I'm not going to lie and say I'm happy about it." Francis Shaw, a Long Beach medical technician, worries about the toll another deployment would take on his family, his civilian job and his 55-year-old body.
January 29, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Afghan President Hamid Karzai told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that his security forces needed more training and equipment, as the two discussed possible U.S. troop increases, an Afghan official said. Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Karzai discussed the Bush administration's plan to ask Congress for $10.6 billion to rebuild Afghanistan and strengthen government security forces battling a resurgent Taliban.
January 14, 2007 | David Savage and Solomon Moore, Times Staff Writers
The United States was right to invade Iraq, but choices made after the initial invasion have eroded security in the country, President Bush said in a television interview to be broadcast today. "I think history is going to look back and see a lot of ways we could have done things better," Bush said in the interview, which will be aired on CBS' "60 Minutes" program. Questioned about the current instability in Iraq, Bush said, "Well, no question decisions have made things unstable."
January 14, 2007 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Emboldened by President Bush's deeply unpopular proposal to send more troops to Iraq, congressional Democrats are shedding their wariness about tackling the war and embracing positions once primarily held by the party's most liberal fringe. Less than two weeks after taking power, party leaders who had promised just an increase in oversight hearings on the war are now talking openly about cutting off funds for additional military operations.
January 11, 2007 | Doyle McManus, Times Staff Writer
President Bush's new plan to stabilize Iraq relies on these main elements to succeed: the addition of more than 20,000 U.S. troops, plus the commitment of more Iraqi security forces and a newly energized Iraqi government. Bush and his aides say they are confident that putting more American troops on the streets of Baghdad can help turn Iraq around. What they don't know, officials add, is whether the Iraqi government will do its part.
January 10, 2007 | Maura Reynolds and Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writers
President Bush spent hours Tuesday practicing in front of cameras, preparing to make his case for increasing the U.S. military commitment in Iraq in a prime-time address to the nation tonight, even as congressional Democrats readied legislation to block any increase in the number of troops.
January 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Pentagon has decided to extend the combat tour of 3,200 soldiers from a 10th Mountain Division brigade in Afghanistan for four months in hopes of quelling violence. Ben Abel, a spokesman for Ft. Drum, N.Y., where the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, is based, confirmed the extension. About 24,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan, the highest number since the war began in October 2001.
May 18, 2007 | From the Washington Post
Israel this week allowed the Palestinian Fatah movement to bring into the Gaza Strip as many as 500 fresh troops trained under a U.S.-coordinated program to counter Hamas, the militant Islamic group that won Palestinian parliamentary elections last year. Fighting between the rivals has left about 45 Palestinians dead since Sunday.
May 6, 2007 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
The final troop contingent in President Bush's controversial plan to improve security, a brigade that includes 152 attack and transport helicopters, will arrive soon in the Iraqi capital, a U.S. commander said. With the arrival of the 3rd Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade, based at Ft. Stewart, Ga., the addition of 28,500 troops begun in mid-February will be complete. The brigade will be based at Camp Victory near the Baghdad international airport, Maj. Gen.
May 12, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Tina Susman and Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writers
The commander of U.S. forces in northern Iraq said Friday that he did not have enough troops to deal with the escalating violence in Iraq's Diyala province, an unusually frank assertion for a top officer and a sign that American military officials might be starting to offer more candid and blunt assessments of the war. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin R.
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