Radio Your WayPresident Bush, addresses the nation on IraqWed Jan 10, 2007 23:34126.96.36.199
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"Our troops will have a well-defined mission, to help Iraqis clear and secure neighbourhoods, to help them protect the local population, and to help ensure that the Iraqi forces left behind are capable of providing the security that Baghdad needs"
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for sending more troops to the war unless the president gets "clear and specific new authorization" from Congress.
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US President George W Bush has said he will send more than 20,000 extra troops to Iraq, as part of a new strategy for tackling the conflict.
In a live televised address, Mr Bush said the deployment would help break the cycle of violence and hasten the day US troops are able to come home.
He said the situation in Iraq was unacceptable, and that responsibility for mistakes rested with him.
However, the announcement brought immediate criticism from Democrats.
Responding to the address, Senator Dick Durbin said US troops should be withdrawn and the Iraqis left to meet the challenges ahead on their own.
"The American people want a change of course in Iraq," he said. "We intend to keep pressing President Bush to provide it."
The US currently has 132,000 troops stationed in Iraq.
President Bush began with a bleak assessment of the situation, saying that sectarian violence had overwhelmed political gains made by Iraqi since the 2003 invasion.
The BBC's Adam Brookes in Washington said he sounded chastened, saying that any mistakes were his own responsibility.
A change of strategy was needed, he added.
Mr Bush said the vast majority of the new troops would be sent to Baghdad and would fight alongside Iraqi units to secure neighbourhoods from "terrorists and insurgents".
"Our troops will have a well-defined mission, to help Iraqis clear and secure neighbourhoods, to help them protect the local population, and to help ensure that the Iraqi forces left behind are capable of providing the security that Baghdad needs," he said.
But Mr Bush said the effort would succeed where previous operations had failed, because this time troop levels would be sufficient to hold areas that had been cleared.
Another 4,000 troops would go to Anbar province, he said.
Al-Qaeda was planning to seize control of the province, but local tribal leaders were starting to show willingness to fight them, the president said.
"As a result, our commanders believe we have an opportunity to deal a serious blow to the terrorists," he added.
Mr Bush also warned the Iraqi government to keep to its commitments.
"A successful strategy for Iraq goes beyond military operations," he said. "Ordinary Iraqi citizens must see that military operations are accompanied by visible improvements in their neighbourhoods and communities."
"So America will hold the Iraqi government to the benchmarks it has announced."
Iraq's territorial integrity also needed defending, Mr Bush said, and this meant interrupting the flow of support for insurgents from Iran and Syria.
The Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing this afternoon to examine the manipulation of pre-war Iraq intelligence. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), who previously disavowed his vote for the war, attended the hearing and asked the panelists why a small number of individuals in the administration “had more influence…than the professionals.” Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, said he only needed three words. Watch it. http://www.apfn.org/movies/dpc1.mov
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