UPDATE: April 11 – Five US soldiers killed in Iraq suicide bombing (On Obama’s Watch)

Two local policemen were also killed when the bomber drove a truck packed with explosives into a barrier outside the entrance of Mosul’s police headquarters and detonated his deadly load.

Dozens more bystanders, including at least 17 policemen and an American soldier, were injured in the attack, according to a statement issued by the US military. Read More

Obama has made this his war by setting a timeline! How does it feel Barack?

UPDATE: April 11

U.S. Commander in Iraq Says U.S. May Have to Ignore Exit Deadline to Stop Al Qaeda
U.S. troop numbers in Mosul and Baqubah, in the north of the country, could rise rather than fall if necessary, General Ray Odierno told The Times in his first interview with a British newspaper since taking over from General David Petraeus in September.

He said that a joint assessment would be conducted with the Iraqi authorities in the coming weeks before a decision is made.

Combat troops are due to leave all Iraqi cities by the end of June. Any delay would be a potential setback for President Obama, who has pledged to withdraw all combat forces from Iraq by August 2010 as he switches his focus to Afghanistan.

The ultimate decision on keeping or withdrawing troops would be taken by Nouri al-Maliki
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(1) Why I tea party like it’s 2099