Bush announces troop increase in Iraq

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WHITE HOUSE (AP) - In an address to the nation, President Bush
has committed more than 20-thousand additional American troops to
Iraq.

The President says that the situation there is "unacceptable"
to him and to the American people and his plan is a "strong
commitment." He also says that responsibility for mistakes in
conducting the mission rests with him.

Bush says U-S and Iraqi forces will "clear and secure"
neighborhoods in Baghdad. He also says he's given orders to
increase American forces in the troubled Anbar province by
four-thousand troops.

He also cautioned that the year will "be bloody and violent"
even if his strategy "works exactly as planned."

Bush also emphasized that U-S support is not open-ended and that
the Iraqi government must meet its obligations.


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