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August 29, 2007 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
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."
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August 8, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
The size of the U.S. force in Iraq has reached nearly 162,000 troops, the largest American presence at any point during the 52 months of the war, Pentagon officials said Tuesday. The increase is the result of the regular replacement of troops and does not represent an additional buildup, said Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman. "There is no change to the level of effort and the combat power that we are projecting into Iraq," Whitman said. Officials reported Tuesday that five more U.S.
WORLD
August 1, 2007 | Ned Parker and Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
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.
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August 1, 2007 | Paul Richter, Times Staff Writer
The White House's nominee to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate panel Tuesday that the U.S. troop buildup in Iraq was beginning to improve security, but the Iraqi central government was making little headway toward the political reconciliation that is key to stabilizing the country. Adm. Michael G. Mullen, currently chief of naval operations, said that since the troop buildup began this year, security was "better -- not great, but better."
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July 16, 2007 | Jim Puzzanghera and Nicole Gaouette, Times Staff Writers
The White House on Sunday rejected a call by two leading Republican senators to submit plans to start redeploying U.S. troops from Iraq by year's end, saying that doing so would be premature before military commanders present a major progress report in September. "They've done a useful service in indicating the kinds of things that we should be thinking about. But the time to begin that process is September," national security advisor Stephen J. Hadley said on ABC's "This Week."
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July 13, 2007 | Maura Reynolds and Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writers
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.
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July 12, 2007 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
Senate Republicans fed up with the war but not ready to abandon Iraq are seeking shelter in legislation that calls for a new war strategy without ordering a troop withdrawal. The legislative effort, which picked up momentum Wednesday, marks a major departure from the stiff defenses Republicans have mounted since January to shield the White House from the Democratic drive to pressure President Bush to bring the troops home.
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July 12, 2007 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
There's a lot of talk in Congress these days about the American people demanding withdrawal from Iraq. But no such call echoes from this small town at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Those who support a troop pullout are, for the most part, too uncertain and disheartened to make the case with much enthusiasm. Many others have concluded that the United States must not leave, no matter how many car bombs explode in Baghdad or how many flag-draped coffins come home.
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July 10, 2007 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
Iraq's foreign minister on Monday predicted that his country would splinter into warring fragments and the conflict could spread across its borders if American troops pull out before Iraqi forces are ready to handle security. The United States has a duty to prevent such a scenario, he said. The grim forecast from Hoshyar Zebari coincided with rising pressure on President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki from political opponents who want to see the U.S. occupation end.
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July 10, 2007 | Noam N. Levey, Times Staff Writer
As the Senate began a new debate Monday on the war in Iraq, the White House brushed off calls from a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers to change course in the conflict. "The president wants to withdraw troops based on the facts on the ground, not on the matter of politics," White House Press Secretary Tony Snow told reporters. Later, he added: "There is no intensifying discussion about reducing troops."
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