More not less. That’s the message about the US troops in Iraq that President George W Bush is set to give the American people in an address in a few hours time.
He is expected to announce plans to send a further 20,000 soldiers as part of a new strategy in Iraq. The proposal runs in the face of public opinion, with polls saying most people want troop levels reduced.
Veteran Senator Ted Kennedy is calling for action from his Democrat colleagues: “An escalation, whether it is called a surge or any other name is still an escalation, and I believe it would be an immense new mistake. We cannot simply speak out against an escalation of troops in Iraq, we must act to prevent it.”
It is believed the plan also calls for responsibility for security across Iraq to be turned over to local forces by November.
The Iraqi government has said it will do more to stabilise the country and combat sectarianism seen as fuelling the violence.