As militants keep up their all out drive for carnage in Iraq, the US is debating its future military presence. Among the violence on Monday, nine US soldiers were killed and 20 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack, one of the worst against American ground forces there.
The attack happened at a military outpost at Diyala, north of Baghdad. This as the US president tries to fight off a new law proposed by the opposition Democrats, which sets March next year as the goal for pulling out most American troops. He said: “To accept the bill proposed by the Democratic leadership would be to accept a policy that directly contradicts the judgement of our military commanders. I strongly believe that the Democrats proposal would undermine our troops and threaten the safety of the American people here at home.”
The US Congress will vote this week on a funding bill that sets out the troop withdrawal timetable. The death of the nine US soldiers brings the number of American troops killed this month to at least 86. Also today, more than a dozen people, including Iraqi policemen, died in a suicide bombing in Ramadi.