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January 19, 2007
February 1, 2007
Gen. Casey Estimates Troop Surge Could Go Home By "Late Summer"
During a news conference with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, the top U.S. commander in Iraq Gen. George Casey estimated that the 21,500 additional U.S. troops sent to Iraq will only need to stay until around late summer.
"I think it's probably going to be the summer, late summer, before you get to the point where people in Baghdad feel safe in their neighborhoods," Gen. Casey said.
"You're going to see some progress gradually over the next 60 to 90 days," he added.
Breaking: Double the Troops in "Surge"March 2, 2007
President Bush and his new military chiefs have been saying for nearly a month that they would "surge" an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq, in a last, grand push to quell the violence in Baghdad and in Anbar Province. But a new study by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office says the real troop increase could be as high as 48,000 -- more than double the number the President initially said.
'Surge' needs up to 7,000 more troopsApril 26, 2007
President Bush's planned escalation of U.S. forces in Iraq will require as many as 28,500 troops, Pentagon officials told a Senate committee Thursday.
Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England also told the Senate Budget Committee that it will be clear within months whether the so-called surge in forces has succeeded in helping secure Iraq.
"By this summer we would have a much better indication in terms of the success of the program," England said. "And so at that time we would adjust however is appropriate to do so."
Petraeus: Things Will Get Worse Before They Get BetterApril 28, 2007
The top US commander in Iraq says the US effort there may become even harder before it gets easier.
THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ; THE WHITE HOUSE SCALES BACK TALK OF IRAQ PROGRESS
The Bush administration will not try to assess whether the troop increase in Iraq is producing signs of political progress or greater security until September, and many of Mr. Bush's top advisers now anticipate that any gains by then will be limited, according to senior administration officials.
May 9, 2007
Commanders in Iraq See 'Surge' Into '08
Pentagon to Deploy 35,000 Replacement Troops
The Pentagon announced yesterday that 35,000 soldiers in 10 Army combat brigades will begin deploying to Iraq in August as replacements, making it possible to sustain the increase of U.S. troops there until at least the end of this year.
U.S. commanders in Iraq are increasingly convinced that heightened troop levels, announced by President Bush in January, will need to last into the spring of 2008.
"The surge needs to go through the beginning of next year for sure," said Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the day-to-day commander for U.S. military operations in Iraq.
Partial data on attacks gathered from five U.S. brigades operating in Baghdad showed that total attacks since the new strategy began in February were either steady or increasing.
But wait, there's more!
Pentagon to keep beefed-up force in Afghanistan through 2008
The Pentagon Wednesday announced plans to keep about 25,000 troops in Afghanistan through next year amid a resurgence of the Taliban.
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