Bush Faces Uphill Battle As Iraqi Violence Continues

August 27, 2007

As Bush tries to drum up support for the war the violence continues in Iraq after 26 people died during a religious celebration.

With chaos in the streets, more than one million Shiite pilgrims have been ordered to leave the holy city of Karbala, cutting short a religious festival that many traveled great distances to attend.

The violence broke out when pilgrims tried to push past security checkpoints. Dozens were killed as gunshots rang out and people ran in all directions.

In Fallujah there was more blood shed. A suicide bomber attacked a mosque during evening prayers, killing 11 worshipers including a preacher who had been an outspoken opponent of Al-Qaida.

But north of Baghdad, better news. U.S. and Iraqi forces killed 33 Sunni
insurgents who had been holding back the water supply to a Shiite town.

Iraq will be on the President's mind Tuesday afternoon when he speaks to veterans at an American legion Convention in Reno. It will be his second major speech in a week aimed at bolstering support for the war in Iraq.

Last night the President spoke at a fund-raiser near Seattle.

"We are a nation at war. I wish I didn't have to say that. No president wants to have to tell any community or country that we are at war but we are. The fundamental question facing this country is how do we face this conflict? What do we do?" said President Bush.

The President's answer is to stay the course and finish the job, while many others, including a growing number of Republicans in Congress say more American lives will be lost fighting a battle with no end in sight.

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