At least six killed in Baghdad as US military leaders reassess strategy

Published November 11th, 2006 - 09:45 GMT

Two car bombs killed six people and injured at least 32 others when they went off in quick succession in central Baghdad's wholesale Shorja market on Saturday, an interior ministry source said, according to Reuters.

 

Police sources said the toll from the blast at the crowded market was expected to rise.

 

Meanwhile, the top US military officer said the country's military leaders are making their own reassessment of the course in Iraq. "We should not expect to go with a plan that's chipped in stone and stay with that plan no matter what," General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs-of-Staff, said, according to AFP.

 

General Pace, in a series of television interviews and in comments to reporters, gave no hint of what the military brass will recommend to Rumsfeld's designated replacement, former CIA chief Robert Gates.

 

According to him, he and the two top commanders responsible for the war in Iraq - General John Abizaid and General George Casey - are each taking a hard look at what the military is doing in Iraq. "We need to give ourselves a good, honest scrub about what is working, what is not working, what are the impediments to progress, and what should we change about the way we're doing it, to ensure that we get to the objective that we have set for ourselves," General Pace said in an interview with CBS television.

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