Tension escalates in
Special Report: U.S. midterm
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- The number of U.S.
military deaths in Iraq since the war started in March 2003 has exceeded the
toll in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. media reported Tuesday.
A total of 2,973 people were killed in the attacks on
Sept. 11,2001, and as of Tuesday, at least 2,977 American military personnel
have been killed in Iraq, according to the Associated Press.
The death toll of the Sept. 11 attacks included the
2,749 killed at the World Trade Center in New York City, 184 at the Pentagon in
Washington, and 40 passengers aboard United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.
The Bush administration launched the Iraq war mainly
on the ground that the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein had had links with al
Qaeda, the terror organization believed to have masterminded the Sept. 11
attacks, and had had weapons of mass destruction. None of which, however, has
The Pentagon put the number of U.S. military deaths
in Iraq at 2,961 and the number of the wounded at 22,401 as of Tuesday morning,
and the deaths in Afghanistan at 353.
Report: Bush's old Iraq
strategy versus new one
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President George
W. Bush's old strategy for Iraq, which he announced a year ago was framed around
"eight pillars," and still lives on in a weekly progress report while the
administration has been working on a new plan for the Middle East country, The
Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
The State Department continues to issue a 30-page
public report every Wednesday that details exactly how the U.S. government is
meeting the goals set forth in the now-abandoned plan, which has been declared
by the president and his national security team as a failure, the newspaper