January 23, 2007
Twin car bombs crowded outdoor markets in central Baghdad. The explosives were packed with nails and shrapnel to inflict maximum damage making it the deadliest bombing so far this year.
The attack follows a bloody weekend for the U.S. military. A senior military official says enemy fire may have downed a blackhawk killing 12 U.S. soldiers northeast of Baghdad.
In Karbala armed militants dressed as members of the U.S. military killed five U.S soldiers. These attacks come after the military announced that 32 hundred additional soldiers would be operational in a week and a half and as the President prepares for his State of the Union Address.
"George W. Bush is President and is not somebody that's going to cease to be bold because right now people are concerned about the progress of the war" said White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.
But his House minority leader John Boehner, who supports the President's plan to increase troops, demands that he report to Congress every 30 days in writing on progress in the war.
A key Senate Republican, John Warner, voiced his opposition to the President. "We say to Mr. President go back and look at all the options" said Warner.
And on the eve of the President's speech, al-quaida's second in command, Ayman Al Zawahiri, ridiculed Mr. Bush's plan for a troop increase. He warned that the current policy would not lead to peace.
The White House says that the President is polishing up his speech but that Iraq would not be the main focus and that he would be focusing on domestic issues.