March 9, 2007
The new challenge for U.S. and Iraqi forces: protecting more than
4 million Shi'ite Muslims, all gathered in the town of Karbala for
Security is tight in this city south of Baghdad. Commanders are
concerned that suicide bombers may have infiltrated the group ready
to turn a holy weekend into a bloodbath.
Already, more than 340 Iraqis have died this week most of them killed
during their pilgrimage to Karbala.
As U.S. forces face those new challenges, there's a growing divide between lawmakers -- and the bush administration -- over stabilizing the growing violence in Iraq and the best way to move forward.
The build up of U.S. forces in Iraq could be bigger, more costly, and
last longer than originally thought. The pentagon wants to double the
number of support forces deployed as part of the troop surge. And top
White House officials are talking with lawmakers about adding another
billion dollars to the escalation's price tag.
Democrats fired back unveiling a pair of plans that set timelines for
troop withdrawal and holding Iraqi leaders accountable for meeting
But there are still questions about whether or not those plans will be voted into law. Republican leaders are confident they can defeat them. and President Bush has vowed, he'll veto the bill if it reaches his desk.