More Troops to Iraq?
General Petraeus may want another combat brigade in Iraq, upping the baseline numbers by 30,000 in total.
The top US commander in Iraq has requested another Army brigade, in addition to five already on the way, as part of the controversial "surge" of American troops designed to clamp down on sectarian violence and insurgent groups, senior Pentagon officials said yesterday. The appeal -- not yet made public -- by General David Petraeus for a combat aviation unit would involve between 2,500 and 3,000 more soldiers and dozens of transport helicopters and powerful gunships, said the Pentagon sources. That would bring the planned expansion of US forces to close to 30,000 troops.Meanwhile, Bill Roggio follows the Battle of Diyala where Stryker units are very heavily engaged as al-Qaeda in Iraq attempts to strike back at the tribes which have switched to the US. "The up tick in violence in Diyala is also reflected by al Qaeda in Iraq's attempt to establish its rump Islamic State of Iraq, and the resistance from some local Sunni and Shia tribes."