Monday, January 1, 2007

US troops to Kuwait

More US troops to Kuwait, as Bush moves to escalate the war in Iraq By Joe Kay 30 December 2006

The Pentagon announced December 27 that it will send 3,500 additional US soldiers to Kuwait in January, a clear step toward the increase in American combat troops and escalation of the war in Iraq that President Bush is expected to announce early in the new year.

On Thursday, Bush met with top administration officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps General Peter Pace, to discuss preparations for a renewed military offensive. The New York Times reported on Friday that a “surge” of between 17,000 and 20,000 troops was discussed, to be achieved by moving into Iraq the new troops in Kuwait, delaying the departure of two Marine regiments, and speeding up the deployment of several Army brigades.

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