Over 100 Killed In Iraqi Violence

January 22, 2007

It was the deadliest attack by insurgents in months, a pair of coordinated explosions in Baghdad, caught on tape.

A parked car loaded with hundreds of pounds of explosives blew up near a crowded market. Moments later, a suicide car bomber drove straight into the crowd. The blasts together with a third attack north of the capital killed more than 100-people and injured over 150.

It was also a bloody weekend for U.S. troops. 27 forces were killed in action, including 12 troops who died when their black hawk helicopter was brought down by a shoulder fired missile.

The recent spike in violence is leading to some tough questions about
President Bush's "New Way Forward" in Iraq and the plan to secure Baghdad. The White House is calling for patience.

"We do not yet have the Iraqi brigades into Baghdad, but they are on the move. We do not have the U.S. battalions deployed, but they will be ready to support when the Iraqis get there" said White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.

But on Capitol Hill a bi-partisan group of senators is working on yet another Iraq policy bill. this one still questions the troop surge that's now underway, but doesn't go as far as the bill that flatly opposes the President's new strategy.

"The senate disagrees with the plan to augment our forces by 21,500 and urges, I repeat urges the President instead to consider all options and alternatives" said Senator John Warner, R-Virginia.

President Bush knows the stakes are high as he puts the finishing touches on Tuesday night's State of the Union address. The latest CBS news poll puts Bush's approval rating at just 28-percent.

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