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24. U.S. says more GIs may be needed in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Two weeks before U.S. midterm elections, American officials unveiled a timeline Tuesday for Iraq's Shiite-led government to take specific steps to calm the world's most dangerous capital and said more U.S. troops might be needed to quell the bloodshed.

U.S. officials previously said they were satisfied with troop levels and had expected to make significant reductions by year's end. But a surge in sectarian killings, which welled up this past summer, forced them to reconsider.

At a rare joint news conference with the American ambassador, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. George Casey, said additional U.S. troops could come from inside or outside Iraq to "improve basic services for the population of Baghdad."

"Now, do we need more troops to do that? Maybe. And, as I've said all along, if we do, I will ask for the troops I need, both coalition and Iraqis," Casey said. There are currently 144,000 U.S. forces in Iraq.
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  -Iraqis May Control Security in 12-18 Mos OhioChick  Oct-24-06 07:39 AM   #0 
  - I got the impression that he was going to increase troop levels...he alluded to it  w8liftinglady   Oct-24-06 07:42 AM   #1 
  - been there  leftchick   Oct-24-06 07:43 AM   #2 
  - Lecturing amerika on the benefits of Halliburton stock ownership  saigon68   Oct-25-06 10:15 AM   #32 
     - yep!  leftchick   Oct-25-06 08:06 PM   #39 
  - 12-18 months at approx. 100 dead Americans per month and  babylonsister   Oct-24-06 07:44 AM   #3 
  - Casey: US phasing out of Iraq  lwcon   Oct-24-06 08:50 AM   #4 
  - I guess he doesn't want to fight them over there  Toots   Oct-24-06 08:50 AM   #5 
  - Casey is the Bush Criminal's Lap Dog  saigon68   Oct-24-06 08:50 AM   #9 
     - Don't forget Lap Dog #2 (Blair) and Lap Dog #3 (Ricardo Sanchez) - n/t  coalition_unwilling   Oct-24-06 02:28 PM   #19 
        - CAN'T FORGET LAP-DOG BLAIR  saigon68   Oct-24-06 07:20 PM   #28 
        - Or little war criminal ricardo sanchez  saigon68   Oct-25-06 03:36 AM   #31 
           - As pathetic as Sanchez is (very pathetic), I see him as emblematic  coalition_unwilling   Oct-25-06 03:05 PM   #35 
  - Odd contradiction  edwardlindy   Oct-24-06 08:50 AM   #6 
  - Brings to mind Ellsbergs 3 rules for conducting the Vietnam War:  coalition_unwilling   Oct-24-06 02:29 PM   #20 
  - the next 12 to18 months. Let's see...that's 2 to 3 Friedman units, or FUs  DemItAllAnyway   Oct-24-06 08:50 AM   #7 
     - Is this a sneak preview of James Baker's report?  lwcon   Oct-24-06 08:50 AM   #8 
        - Here is the answer  saigon68   Oct-24-06 08:50 AM   #10 
  - Coz WE sure the fuck can't do it.  LynnTheDem   Oct-24-06 09:31 AM   #11 
  - NYT: General Casey May Increase U.S. Troop Levels in Baghdad  DeepModem Mom   Oct-24-06 01:40 PM   #12 
  - Is this the "One final push" option? n/t  Barrett808   Oct-24-06 01:40 PM   #13 
  - No, it means we have no intention of going.  aquart   Oct-24-06 01:40 PM   #16 
  - They are obviously ignoring the will of the American people.  babylonsister   Oct-24-06 01:40 PM   #14 
  - Canada, please liberate us. We apologize for all the  coalition_unwilling   Oct-24-06 02:32 PM   #21 
  - key--'ltimately beyond the militarys control'  rodeodance   Oct-24-06 01:40 PM   #15 
  - I have a better picture  saigon68   Oct-25-06 10:19 AM   #33 
  - What's funny, is that the Iraqis already do control their country  Jacobin   Oct-24-06 01:42 PM   #17 
  - We''re just one militia (death squad) among many now. (n/t)  coalition_unwilling   Oct-24-06 02:33 PM   #22 
  - May Control Security in 12-18 Mos  Massachusetts   Oct-24-06 02:19 PM   #18 
  - I'll believe this when the militias turn in their weapons.  Eugene   Oct-24-06 03:54 PM   #23 
  - U.S. says more GIs may be needed in Iraq  deadparrot   Oct-24-06 06:54 PM   #24 
  - Christ, creeping Rumsfeld-speak! "Now, do we need more troops to do that?"  hatrack   Oct-24-06 06:54 PM   #25 
  - "I will ask for the troops I need"  gratuitous   Oct-24-06 06:54 PM   #26 
  - I'd be cheering...  Bigmack   Oct-24-06 06:54 PM   #27 
  - They are daring you to CHEER  saigon68   Oct-25-06 10:20 AM   #34 
  - Can You Say "Draft", Huh? Come On!  Anakin Skywalker   Oct-24-06 07:47 PM   #29 
  - How many times have we heard this claim?  jwirr   Oct-24-06 08:52 PM   #30 
  - We sure know these CONDItional words...  Amonester   Oct-25-06 04:09 PM   #37 
  - Yeah...and I have a bridge I can sell to the folks who believe that  bleedingheart   Oct-25-06 03:43 PM   #36 
  - I may win the lotto in 12-18 months.  NastyRiffraff   Oct-25-06 04:26 PM   #38 

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