Missouri Senators Divided on Iraq Plans

JANUARY 9, 2007 - Posted at 7:51 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senator Kit Bond is optimistic about a plan to boost U.S. troop levels in Iraq.

The Missouri Republican and other GOP lawmakers met with President Bush yesterday.

Bond says that Bush didn't discuss how many extra troops would be needed, but he told them the Iraqi government would take on the major challenge of security in Baghdad.

Military officials have said Bush is considering sending between about 8,000 and 20,000 troops to quell violence in Baghdad and the western Anbar Province.

Bond says the plan includes embedding U-S troops with Iraqi forces, while the United States would provide backup assistance and go after foreign insurgents.

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is opposed to any increase in troop levels in Iraq.

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