U.S. buildup nearly complete in Iraq

Published May 3, 2007

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military said Wednesday that its troop buildup in Baghdad was nearly complete. Meanwhile, three more U.S. soldiers were killed in two bombings in the capital.

At least 85 Iraqis were killed or found dead nationwide, police reported. The deadliest attack was near a police station in Sadr City in Baghdad. A suicide car bomber killed nine people and wounded 34, police said.

Two U.S. soldiers were killed and two others were wounded when a bomb devastated their vehicle in southern Baghdad, the U.S. command said, and another soldier died in a blast in western Baghdad. Persistent bombings threaten to undermine the 11-week U.S. effort to restore order in the capital. U.S. officials have insisted that it's too early to judge the effectiveness of the security plan because all American forces will not be deployed in the streets until next month. At that point, about 160, 000 American troops will be in the country.

About 3, 700 soldiers from the 4th Brigade of the 2nd Infantry Division, based in Fort Lewis, Wash., arrived this week, the fourth of five brigades ordered to Baghdad by President Bush in January, the U.S. military said. The brigade will be deployed in the Baghdad area and in northern Iraq, the military said.

In a speech to construction contractors Wednesday in Washington, President Bush said, "Either we'll succeed, or we won't succeed. And the definition of success as I described is sectarian violence down. Success is not no violence. ... But success is a level of violence where the people feel comfortable about living their daily lives."