B27634 / Mon, 24 Mar 2008 04:48:59 / Iraq
In a major escalation in the level of violence within Iraq, 4 U.S. servicemen have been killed by an IED in a Baghdad attack, bringing the total number of U.S. deaths in Iraq to 4,000.
The U.S. “Green Zone” in Baghdad has since Easter Sunday been under one of the heaviest and prolonged series of mortar and rocket attacks it has endured in many months.
The “surge” strategy advocated and executed by the Bush administration for the past year or so has been widely viewed domestically as having been successful in quelling the violence in Iraq.
This general perception was evidenced by Republican presidential hopeful Senator John McCain’s recently completed campaign trip to the Middle East, whereby he attempted to capitalize on this illusion of “surge” success.
McCain’s trip was highlighted by photo ops and public declarations of his unwavering support for the U.S. “war” effort while in Iraq.
It would seem that the Iraqi insurgency is anything but defeated at the outset of this sixth year of war in Iraq. The insurgents seem to understand as well the political implications and the potential for an the current U.S. presidential race and quite possibly the destiny of Iraq by insuring that the U.S. occupation of Iraq remains first and foremost on the minds of the U.S. electorate.
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