Special report: Tension escalates in
BAGHDAD, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Iraq's own security forces
should be able to take over security job within the next 12 to 18 months,
General George Casey, the top commander of U.S. military in Iraq said Tuesday.
"I believe in 12 to 18 months Iraqi security will be
completely capable of taking over their own security," Casey said in a press
conference held in Baghdad's heavily-fortified Green Zone.
Casey expressed Washington's willingness to cut its troop
level in Iraq, but added that more forces will be called in if necessary.
He also accused Iran and Syria of trying to undermine the
American effort to stabilize Iraq, terming their roles "decidedly unhelpful".
Meanwhile, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay
Khalilzad, alongside with Casey in the very much highlighted joint press conference,said
it is still possible to achieve success in Iraq and this could be done by
a "realistic timetable".
U.S. urges Iraqi leaders to work for political, security targets
BAGHDAD, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. ambassador to Iraq urged Tuesday the Iraqi leaders to work harder to achieve political and security targets.
Zalmay Khalilzad said that the Iraqi government had agreed to develop a timeline for political and security progress by the end of the year. Full story
Iraqi War claims 2780 U.S. soldiers
BAGHDAD, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. military announced here Saturday three deaths of its marines in Iraq's restive western province of Anbar.
U.S. soldiers secure the scene of a car bomb attack in Baghdad Oct. 21, 2006. The latest casualties brought to more than 2,780 the number of U.S. soldiers who has been killed in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, according to media tally.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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The three U.S. marines were killed during "enemy action" in Iraq's Anbar province on Saturday, said the military, without giving further details for the incident.
The death toll is part of a major upsurge in U.S. casualties in Iraq in October, in which nearly 80 U.S. servicemen have died so far. Full story>>
Bush: U.S. to make "every necessary change" to stabilize Iraq
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President George W. Bush said on Saturday that he would make "every necessary change" to deal with the surge of violence and stabilize the situation in Iraq.
In his weekly radio address, Bush acknowledged that a drive to stabilize Baghdad had not gone as planned. But he said he would not abandon his goal of building a self-sustaining Iraqi government. Full story>>