By BUSHRA JUHI
Insurgents launched a brazen coordinated attack on a U.S. combat post Monday, sending in a suicide bomber and clashing with American troops. Two U.S. soldiers were killed and 17 wounded, the military said.
The assault began with a suicide bomber exploding a vehicle outside the base north of Baghdad, said the military statement. It gave no further details beyond the number of dead and wounded.
By IBON VILLELABEITIA
More than 30 people died in a string of attacks on Monday in and around Baghdad as militants kept up pressure on a U.S-backed crackdown aimed at improving security in the capital.
Ten people died in bombings in the city, a day after two bombs killed 60 people in a Shi’ite market area, the bloodiest attack since the crackdown began on Wednesday.
Violence flared on Monday in nearby parts of Iraq, leaving more than 20 people dead including 13 members of one family ambushed near Falluja on their way home from a funeral.
By SUE PLEMING
Kiki Munshi was showcased by the media in September as a seasoned U.S. diplomat who came out of retirement to lead a rebuilding group in Iraq.
Now she is back home, angry, and convinced that President George W. Bush’s new strategy of doubling the number of such groups to 20 along with a troop surge of 21,500 will not help stabilize Iraq.
By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
The House’s resounding vote on a nonbinding resolution rejecting a 21,500-troop buildup in Iraq places Congress officially in step with growing public sentiment against the war. It also puts President Bush on the defensive going into a far more consequential confrontation over paying for the plan.
Democrats running Congress capitalized on Bush’s greatest vulnerability and the public’s deepest concerns about his leadership to whip up a bipartisan rebuke of his Iraq policy.
By HOPE YEN
Senate Democrats pledged renewed efforts Sunday to curtail the Iraq war, suggesting they will seek to limit a 2002 measure authorizing President Bush’s use of force against Saddam Hussein.
The top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the proposal had little chance of succeeding. “I think the president would veto it and the veto would be upheld,” said Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana.
By WILL LESTER
President Bush faces widespread opposition to the troop buildup in Iraq, though he has gained support over the past month, an AP-Ipsos poll found. The president has nudged support for the troop increase to 35 percent from 26 percent in early January. Sixty-three percent of those surveyed still oppose the increase.
The increased support came from some of Bush’s core supporters Ã¢â‚¬â€ Republicans, men, whites, suburbanites and people with higher incomes.