Bush says U.S. will clamp
down on Iran, Syria as part of Iraq strategy
By The Associated Press
01/10/07 "AP" -- -- WASHINGTON: President George W.
Bush's new strategy for the Iraq war calls for clamping
down on what the United States sees as Iran and Syria's
support for insurgents and trying to get more help from
American allies in the region.
He said the United States would expand intelligence
cooperation in the Middle East and deploy Patriot
missile defense systems to help allies. He also said he
would deploy an additional carrier strike group to the
Bush said he would help Turkey and Iraq resolve problems
along their border. Turkey has been pressing Iraq to
stop Kurdish guerrillas from staging hit-and-run attacks
from northern Iraq.
Bush's comments came in a nationwide address to
Americans in which he said he was increasing U.S. troops
in Iraq by 21,500 in an attempt to change the course of
Bush said Iran and Syria "are allowing terrorists and
insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of
"We will disrupt the attacks on our forces," Bush said.
"We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and
He said he would use "America's full diplomatic
resources to rally support for Iraq from nations
throughout the Middle East."
"Countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the
Gulf States need to understand that an American defeat
in Iraq would create a new sanctuary for extremists —
and a strategic threat to their survival," he said.
He noted that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will
travel to the region on Friday.