Thursday, June 14, 2007

Has "Surge" Really Failed?

Iraq surge a failure, top Democrats tell Bush

Top US congressional Democrats bluntly told President George W. Bush Wednesday that his Iraq troop "surge" policy was a failure. Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi challenged the president over Iraq by sending him a letter, ahead of a White House meeting later on Wednesday.

"As many had forseen, the escalation has failed to produce the intended results," the two leaders wrote. "The increase in US forces has had little impact in curbing the violence or fostering political reconciliation.

Well, not in Gaza:-

Hamas close to controlling Gaza Strip By DIAA HADID, Associated Press Writer

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Hamas, having wrested control of nearly all of the Gaza Strip, focused its firepower Thursday on the battle's top prizes — Fatah's security and political command centers in Gaza City.

Numerically superior Fatah forces were crumbling fast under the onslaught by the better-armed and better-disciplined Islamic fighters. As Hamas forces advanced through the crowded, impoverished seaside territory, Fatah fighters abandoned positions in central Gaza, blowing up installations instead of turning them over.

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