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thedrifter
01-10-07, 02:01 PM
By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
Wednesday, January 10, 2007; 1:07 PM


-- Details of President Bush's new strategy for Iraq, as outlined by White House officials on Wednesday:


U.S. TROOP INCREASE

_ Bush will commit 17,500 additional U.S. combat troops, the equivalent of five combat brigades, to Baghdad. The first brigade is to arrive Jan. 15; the next on Feb. 15; the remainder in separate waves every 30 days.

_ Bush will commit 4,000 more Marines, in two waves, to Anbar, the troubled western province that is a base of the mostly Sunni insurgency and foreign al-Qaida fighters.

_ The president's upcoming supplemental budget request will include $5.6 billion to pay for his new commitment of troops.

_ Expand embedding of U.S. advisers into Iraqi security forces.


ECONOMIC AID

_$414 million to expand the Provincial Reconstruction Teams and set up new Provincial Support Teams.

_$400 million in quick-response funds to address civilian problems.

_$350 million more for the Commander's Emergency Response Program, set up in 2003 to give field commanders money to solve local problems that quickly the improve daily the lives of Iraqis.


IRAQI COMMITMENTS

_Allocate $10 billion to assist in reconstruction efforts.

_Deliver three brigades for Baghdad; the first on Feb. 1; then two more on Feb. 15.

_Crack down on insurgents regardless of sect or religion.

Ellie