Iraq Intelligence

September 14, 2004

Surge in violence threatens Iraq elections, U.S. exit strategy, 9/14/04

The U.S. strategy to create a stable, democratic Iraq is in danger of failing, current and former U.S. officials say, and the anti-American insurgency is growing larger, more sophisticated and more violent. A wave of brazen attacks across Iraq has included the deadliest single bombing in Baghdad in six months on Tuesday and at least seven bombings in the capital on Sunday. The violence increasingly appears to threaten nationwide elections planned for January, which are key to President Bushs hopes for reducing the number of U.S. troops, now 140,000, and making a graceful exit from Iraq.

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