February 13, 2007
Iraq Issues New Security Plans
Iraq plans to close its border crossings with Iran and Syria for three days as part of its security plan for the capital, Baghdad. This will also extend Baghdad's curfew by one hour. 21,500 additional U.S. troops will be sent to Iraq to make sure this security plan is implemented. This plan has caused strong opposition in the Democrat-led Congress. Even after the 3-day border closure, crossing points with Iran will only be partially re-opened. The security drive was initially caused by claims from the US that Iran is supplying militias with sophisticated weapons to attack US troops. However, violence has still continued in Iraq despite the new security plans.A van crammed with explosives detonated near a college in western Baghdad, killing at least 16 people and injuring 45.On Monday a series of car bombs in markets in the centre of the capital killed at least 76 people and wounded 164.
Posted by mneha at February 13, 2007 06:58 PM