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Politics

Bush's plan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published January 11, 2007


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U.S. troop increase

- 17,500 additional U.S. combat troops, the equivalent of five combat brigades, to Baghdad. The first brigade to arrive Jan. 15; the next on Feb. 15; the remainder in separate waves every 30 days.

- 4,000 more Marines, in two waves, to Anbar province.

- Upcoming supplemental budget request will include $5.6-billion to pay for new troop commitment.

Economic aid

- $414-million to double the number of U.S. civilian workers who help coordinate local reconstruction projects.

- $400-million for the teams to do the projects.

- $350-million for field commanders to solve local problems that improve Iraqi lives.

Regional diplomacy

- Will not engage in talks with Iran and Syria about Iraq.

- Increase U.S. military presence in the region and strengthen defense ties with partner states.

- Involve the United Nations.

Iraqi commitments

- Allocate $10-billion to assist in reconstruction efforts.

- Deliver three brigades for Baghdad in February.

Benchmarks

- Finalize an oil law that shares profits among various ethnic sects and regions.

- Ease the policy of purging ex-members of Saddam Hussein's Baath Party from the top layers of government.

- Hold provincial elections.

- Increase the transfer of security to Iraqi security forces by the end of the year.

 

[Last modified January 11, 2007, 01:29:20]


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