April 12, 2007
Baghdad's heavily fortified "green zone" is supposed to be one of the
safest places in Iraq, but not Thursday. A bomb rocked a cafeteria in the Parliament building killing at least two lawmakers and injuring several
"It is obviously again the terrorists, those who wish to stop the Iraqi
people from having a future" said Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State.
The Parliament bombing came hours after a suicide bomber struck a major bridge over Baghdad's Tigris River. Scuba divers are searching for survivors after cars plummeted into the water. At least ten people
died and dozens were injured.
Today's unrest comes despite the on going military crackdown in the
Capitol. U.S. troops involved in that operation found out yesterday their tours will now last 15 months instead of 12.
Democrats are calling the extensions further evidence that the Presidents war policy is failing while Defense Secretary Robert Gates
says the new policy is a difficult, but a necessary interim step.
It's not welcome news for Soldiers and family members on the U.S. base in Fort Lewis, Washington.
"I want him to come home. I mean it is important to replace the troops
that are there so they can come home and be with their families" said Tamara Lemmon, wife of a U.S. soldier.
"I think that's a really bad deal for people already over there" said Joshua Shepard, U.S. Army.
And while the new policy extends tours, the Pentagon also says it will
guarantee that troops can stay home for a full 12 months before heading back to the front lines.