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Bush to order 21,000 additional troops to Iraq

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WASHINGTON - President Bush will tell the nation tonight about his plan for Iraq, including sending more than 21,000 additional U-S forces there.

According to a breakdown provided by a senior administration official, the president will commit 4,000 more Marines to the volatile Anbar Province and 17,500 more U-S combat troops to Baghdad.

The first brigade will arrive by next Monday, with the next brigade expected by February 15th and the rest arriving there in 30-day increments.

Democrats are planning to register their opposition to the troop buildup. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has pledged to hold a vote on the increase, trying to isolate Bush on his handling of the war. She says this troop increase would be the "third time we are going down this path" and "two times this has not worked."

Republican leaders have promised to back the president, but others in the party say they do not support the president's plan for a troop increase in Iraq.

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