Baghdad Security Operation Tested After Attacks

February 19, 2007

Destruction is left behind after a suicide bomber boarded a bus in Baghdad then set-off the explosives strapped to his belt.

At least 30-people are dead after the attack, and other bombings across

A military base north of Baghdad was also targeted in a suicide
bombing. Two U.S. soldiers were killed, 17 others were wounded.

Witnesses say, U.S. forces fought with insurgents after the bomber tried to break through barriers around the military post.

All this comes just one day after car bombs killed at least 62 people in a
crowded Baghdad market. It's the first major attack since the new security plan went into effect.

Over the weekend Republicans blocked an effort by Democrats in the Senate to pass a bill opposing the troop surge, a key part of the new
strategy to curb the daily bloodshed in Baghdad.

The security plan includes dozens of new checkpoints in and around
Baghdad manned by U.S and Iraqi forces. Despite ongoing violence
the new strategy is winning praise from some Iraqis.

"We are all happy,. each Iraqi citizen is pleased with the plan" said one Iraqi.

The mission, dubbed "Operation Law and Order" is the latest effort to
reclaim Baghdad's streets from powerful militias and roaming death
squads, and involves most of the additional 21,500 troops ordered into Iraq.

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