Responding to critics who say that al Qaeda in Iraq is not the same group that attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush on Tuesday shared intelligence information he said links the two.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday enlisted the help of other Democratic senators in her feud with the Pentagon over end-of-war planning in Iraq.
President Bush on Tuesday lashed out at critics who say that al-Qaida's operation in Iraq is distinct from terrorists who attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
Defending his strategy in an increasingly unpopular war, President George W. Bush on Tuesday ratcheted up his effort to link the U.S.-led fight in Iraq to the broader battle against al Qaeda.
President Bush traveled Tuesday to a military cargo facility in South Carolina and cited declassified intelligence showing that al-Qaeda terrorists want Iraq for a new base of operations. It is one of several arguments he plans to make in advance of a mid-September progress report on his Iraq security plan.
A revised U.S. military plan for Iraq envisions local authorities enforcing security by 2009 but leaves open the questions of how many U.S. troops will still be needed and how quickly Americans can begin to leave in large numbers.
The US military said Tuesday that planning is underway to keep US troops in Iraq at least through 2009 as President George W. Bush portrayed the unpopular war as a "must win" struggle against Al-Qaeda.
July 24 (Bloomberg) -- President George W. Bush sought to convince skeptical Americans that the insurgents creating havoc for the U.S. military in Iraq are led by the al-Qaeda brethren of the Sept. 11 attackers and their leader Osama bin Laden.
As of Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at least 3,637 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,986 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
The president argued on Tuesday that an Al Qaeda-affiliated group in Iraq is linked tightly to the central Al Qaeda leadership.