US President George Bush has announced a beefing-up of security forces in Baghdad after a meeting with the country’s prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki in the White House. Violence remains at a very high level in the capital amid increasing clashes between Sunnis and Shi’ites. “The Prime Minister advised me that to support this plan that he and Gen. Casey had agreed to deploy additional American troops and Iraqi security personnel in Baghdad in the coming weeks. These will come from other areas of the country. Maliki said curbing religious violence was the main objective of the security plan. Internal conflict has claimed hundreds of Iraqi lives in recent weeks. Iraqi and US-led foreign troops continued to be targeted.
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