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June 1, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writers
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.
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WORLD
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.
WORLD
May 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Japan's lower house of parliament today approved a two-year extension of the country's air force transport mission in Iraq, overcoming criticism of Tokyo's involvement in the war. The measure was easily passed in the chamber, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc holds a majority. It now goes to the upper house, which also is dominated by the ruling bloc. The government has argued that the mission is needed to help stabilize Iraq and prevent the spread of terrorism. Japan backed the U.S.
WORLD
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.
NATIONAL
May 10, 2007 | Peter Spiegel and Tina Susman, Times Staff Writers
The holiday plans of foreign lawmakers are not normally a topic of intense political interest in Washington. But in a town where the president is known for extended stays at his Texas ranch and Congress shuns longer workweeks, the vacation schedule of lawmakers in Baghdad has suddenly and incongruously moved to the top of the agenda. At issue is whether the Iraqi parliament will take its regular summer break, a two-month vacation scheduled to begin July 1.
NATIONAL
May 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Pentagon on Tuesday alerted more than 35,000 Army soldiers that they could be sent to Iraq this fall. The deployment orders signed by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates would allow commanders to maintain the buildup of troops through the end of the year if needed. President Bush has ordered nearly 30,000 additional troops to Iraq to quell a rise in violence.
WORLD
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.
WORLD
May 3, 2007 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
A brigade of 3,700 U.S. Army troops arrived in Baghdad this week, part of the Bush administration's troop buildup aimed at quelling sectarian violence. The soldiers are with the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, from Ft. Lewis, Wash. The last combat brigade of 3,700 troops is due by late May, completing the deployment ordered in January by President Bush that is expected to amount to 28,500 combat and support personnel.
WORLD
April 14, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. commander of day-to-day military operations in Iraq said Friday he would make a recommendation this summer on how long to continue the American troop buildup in Baghdad and left open the possibility of a long-term increase. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the second highest ranking American general in Iraq, said he would make his first assessment of the expanded U.S. troop presence in July or August. His proposal will be reviewed by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2007 | Peter Spiegel and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
The Pentagon will send four National Guard brigades to Iraq and may extend the tours of five active-duty Army brigades by as much as four months as it strains to find troops to sustain the buildup in Baghdad through the end of the year. The National Guard deployments -- 13,000 soldiers based in Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma and Ohio -- mark the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that entire brigades are being called up for second combat tours.
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