New security plan as 37 killed across Iraq
Iraqi leaders discussed the latest in a long line of new security plans for Baghdad on Wednesday as bombs and shootings killed 37.india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 03:20 IST
Iraqi leaders discussed the latest in a long line of new security plans for Baghdad on Wednesday as bombs and shootings killed 37 people across the country in the run-up to national unity talks.
Multiple car bombs in Shiite districts and a truck bomb in the north targeting Iraqi soldiers guarding oil pipelines claimed 20 lives alone during another violence-torn day.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a visiting delegation of US congressmen led by New Mexico Senator John McCain that his government had a new security plan to protect the capital and the rest of the country.
The government requires "more arms for the Iraqi army, more powers and training in order to be capable of handling security missions all over the country," he told the delegation, his office said.
Maliki's National Security Advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie told journalists the new plan involved a swifter transition from US troops to Iraqi forces.
US forces would move to the outskirts of the cities to combat Al-Qaeda insurgents, while the Iraqis would handle the raging sectarian conflict tearing Baghdad apart.
"The coalition forces should not get involved in sectarian violence - this is a job for the Iraqi security forces to do," he told CNN.
On the surface, a rapid transition from US to Iraqi forces would appear to be a rare instance of total agreement in the often tortured relations between the two governments.
With latest polls indicating that only 15 per cent of Americans believe the war can be won, President George W Bush is under to pressure to change the course of the United States' three-and-a-half year old adventure in Iraq.
First Published: Dec 14, 2006 03:20 IST