US Reinforcements Arrive in Baghdad, Bomb Blasts Kill Seven
By VOA News 21 January 2007
The U.S. military says 3,200 American troops from the 82nd Airborne Division have arrived in Baghdad as the first part of a military buildup to help Iraqi security forces fight sectarian violence.
The troops are to be fully operational by February first. They are the first of about 17,000 reinforcements to be sent to Baghdad as part of President Bush's controversial strategy to stabilize the city.
Violence is continuing in the capital. Police say two bomb blasts in Baghdad have killed at least seven people and wounded about 20.
The U.S. military says four more American soldiers and a Marine were killed on Saturday in Anbar province, west of the capital.
Saturday was one of the deadliest days for U.S. forces since 2003.
Twelve American troops died when their helicopter crashed northeast of Baghdad.
Five American soldiers were killed in the Shi'ite holy city Karbala as militia fighters attacked a government building.
Iraqi officials said Sunday that the attackers were dressed in U.S. and Iraqi military uniforms and drove up to the building in black sports utility vehicles like those used by the Americans.
A U.S. spokesman (Brigadier General Vincent Brooks) says the attack occurred as American and Iraqi military officials were meeting to discuss security arrangements for pilgrims arriving in Karbala for a Shi'ite festival Ashura.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters
President Bush was warned by generals and many in Congress that a step-up in troops would only lead to more deaths of our military personnel. Yesterday a total of 24 American soldiers were killed in one day. The first group of soldiers sent by President Bush to SECURE BAGHDAD has only served to step UP the violence and kill more of our soldiers. The first attachment of the 82nd Airborne just arriving to beef up security suffered 7 dead on their FIRST day on arrival.
They were attacked by militants dressed up in AMERICAN uniforms and driving OFFICIAL cars. My question, where did they gain access to the American military uniform? The corruption and infiltration of militants into the ranks of both Iraqi military and the police force shows us that they can gain access to OUR military equipment and uniforms.
President Bush has absolutely no CLUE as to what is really happening and it will only serve to further increase the casualty rate of our Armed Forces. This is madness.
I also read an article today discussing the US Senate's attempt to gain full support condemning this step up of troops, yet many Republicans are hindering the process. It would be a disaster if this resolution is not approved, further giving the President the nerve to further his agenda.
Can we hold on until the Presidential Election? One hopes so, but my fear that with the "buzz" words that Bush's minions are using, they want to step up action against Iran, further engolfing our soldiers in a wider war and presenting the United States as a "warmonger" amoung our allies.
Bush goes forward at his own peril for the people of the United States will not stand for his "my way or the highway" attitude. This man is NOT FIT for office.