Updated at 7:23 p.m. EST, Feb. 26, 2009
President Obama will address
the nation tomorrow in what is expected to be a speech outlining his war plans.
Back in Iraq, violence left at least three Iraqis killed and another 21 wounded.
No Coalition deaths were reported. Meanwhile, the Kuwaiti foreign minister made
an official trip to Baghdad. It is the first high-level meeting between the two
countries since Iraq invaded its small neighbor in 1990.
Ahead of an important
speech on Iraq tomorrow, U.S. President Barack Obama has asked
Congress for an additional $75.5 billion dollars to fund the Iraq and Afghanistan
war this year. Another $130 billion is requested for the 2010 fiscal year,
which starts this October.
Tomorrow's speech is expected to focus on a
timeline for withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq. Those close to the president
said that although he has not made a final decision yet, Obama is leaning towards
a slower withdrawal than promised during his campaign. Meanwhile, the Pentagon
that thousands of U.S. troops could remain in Iraq beyond the Obama's timeline
for the withdrawal anyway, as other military officials warned
of the difficulties in weaning the Iraqi military off American help.
British officials admitted
their part in the rendition of suspects caught in Iraq.
The drama surrounding
the murder and terror accusation of a parliamentarian continues.
Bodyguards working for MP Mohamed al-Daini were freed on bail, even as police
were asking for help in locating the lawmaker. Daini has denied the charges.
In Baghdad, a roadside bomb killed
two Iraqi soldiers and wounded 12 others, mostly college students, near the
University of Baghdad in Jadiriyah. A bomb on Nidhal St. wounded
three people. Security forces captured
19 suspects and freed one hostage.
In Mosul, a roadside bomb killed
a police officer and wounded three people. A bomb in Wadi Hajar wounded
three people. Security forces detained
three suspects and defused a bomb.
Eleven al-Qaeda suspects were arrested
Eight suspects were detained
investigating an "accidental" blast in a Suleimaniya home.
Nasariya, 28 members of a banned group were sentenced
to death. Another 19 received life sentences. Six people were acquitted of their
Almost 500 Iraqi soldiers who were killed in previous wars were
during a ceremony outside Basra. Some of the group had been repatriated
from Iran late last year, but others had been waiting a lengthy time for a proper
Compiled by Margaret Griffis