Suicide Bombing Kills 9 U.S. Soldiers

April 24, 2007

A group linked to Al-Qaeda is claiming responsibility for the bloody attack, the deadliest for U.S. forces in more than a year. A suicide car bomber rammed into an American patrol base northeast of Baghdad Monday night killing nine army paratroopers and injuring 20 others.

A tenth U.S. service member was killed in a roadside bombing Monday.
Since April 1st, 85 American forces have died in Iraq. A large number
of those deaths happened in the Diyala Province which has become a
hotbed of violent attacks since the Baghdad security plan began ten weeks ago.

In Washington, the big question remains, when will U.S. troops start
coming home?

Lawmakers are ready to send the first version of their $124 billion war spending bill to President Bush, but it calls for troop withdrawal to start
October 1st.

President Bush is standing firm, vowing to veto that spending plan.

Leading Democrats are not backing down, even though it doesn't look like they have the votes to over ride the President's veto.

As the debate continues, the Pentagon is getting ready to cut costs.
If the spending bill isn't passed quickly, the military could have to scale back on some programs.

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