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Rep. Waters: Increase in the Number of US deaths in Iraq last weekend is Unacceptable

July 30, 2009
Press Release

U.S. Representative Maxine Waters (CA-35) issued the following statement regarding the deaths of more than 25 US servicemembers in Iraq over the weekend:

"The news we heard over the weekend is heartbreaking.  More than 25 US servicemembers died in Iraq, including 5 that died during an attack within a government compound in which the insurgents wore what looked like authentic U.S. military uniforms.  The attacks show that the danger to our troops is as high as it has ever been.  I wish that we could expect the situation in Iraq to get better. However, I'm concerned that the strategy that the President is implementing – sending more than 20,000 additional US troops to Iraq – is a failed policy that will only result in more US deaths. 

"In his statement to the nation nearly two weeks ago, the President announced that many of these new troops will be charged with the responsibility of securing Baghdad, the source of much of the violence in Iraq.  I fear that this policy will result in US troops confronting members of Moqtada al-Sadr's militia, al-Madhi, resulting in hundreds of additional US casualties and deaths. 

"Despite nearly four years of fighting, the attacks against US forces have become bolder and more deadly.  According to news reports, the US Black Hawk helicopter that crashed over the weekend, killing 12 US troops died, may have been shot down by missile fired by insurgents -- giving them a new method of attacking our troops. In an even bolder move, insurgents utilized vehicles and uniforms that struck a strong resemblance to those used by US troops and U.S. government officials when they attacked our troops in Karbala.  Five US servicemembers died in that attack.  

"The President's strategy to send more troops to Iraq will not work.  Our presence in Iraq is fueling the insurgency; sending more troops only adds more fuel to the fire.  The President must develop a plan to bring our troops home."

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