jes to be safe, i gut the quickest pointment with my reglar docter (10/18) on a counta i wonta git tested fer whut could be rong with my digestchun.
ifn i wuz well a nuff, i wood be talkin bout the follerin stories:
- Decline in Iraqi Troops' Readiness Cited; Generals Tell Lawmakers They Cannot Predict When U.S. Forces Can Withdraw:
The number of Iraqi army battalions that can fight insurgents without U.S. and coalition help has dropped from three to one, top U.S. generals told Congress yesterday, adding that the security situation in Iraq is too uncertain to predict large-scale American troop withdrawals anytime soon.
Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who oversees U.S. forces in Iraq, said there are fewer Iraqi battalions at "Level 1" readiness than there were a few months ago. Although Casey said the number of troops and overall readiness of Iraqi security forces have steadily increased in recent months, and that there has not been a "step backwards," both Republican and Democratic senators expressed deep concern that the United States is not making enough progress against a resilient insurgency.
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and his commanders yesterday publicly hedged their forecasts of U.S. involvement in Iraq, leaving it unclear when troops will be able to come home or how long it will take before Iraqi security forces can defend their homeland. The officials also gave somber forecasts of significant insurgent attacks in the coming weeks as Iraq faces important political milestones.
Yesterday in Iraq, three suicide attackers set off a series of car bombs in a northern, mainly Shiite town, killing at least 40 people and wounding many more. In western Iraq, a roadside bomb killed five U.S. soldiers. Sunni insurgents have said they want to disrupt the constitutional referendum next month and the elections set for December.
- N.Y. Times Reporter Released From Jail; Miller to Testify In CIA Leak Probe
- DeLay Faces Tough Road Back to Top; Indictment, Ethics Questions, Abramoff Case Are Obstacles