Two U.S. Military Black Hawk helicopters fly out of the sun over the heavily fortified Green
Zone, in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006. There are competing schools of thought
inside the U.S. military and the administration on whether a short-term increase in U.S.
troop strength in Iraq , possibly in the range of 20,000, would be enough to quell the
sectarian warfare that plagues Iraq.
British Army troops secure the perimeter after their convoy has been struck by a roadside
bomb in Basra, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Dec. 14,
2006. One armoured vehicle was damaged in the incident, police said
This is an undated photo issued Thursday Dec. 14, 2006, by Britain's Ministry of Defence of
British soldier Cpl. Bryan Budd who died on Sunday Aug. 20, 2006 from injuries sustained
during a fire fight with Taliban forces in Sangin, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Corporal
Budd of the 3rd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, is to be posthumously awarded the
Victoria Cross for actions in Afghanistan this year, the Ministry of Defence confirmed
Thursday. Budd who died saving seven comrades from Taliban gunfire was killed when he
single-handedly stormed a Taliban position in Helmand, Afghanistan, earlier this year. The
Victoria Cross is Britain's highest gallantry award.
Army Spc. Jason Wright of the 3rd Infantry Division ties down an track vehicle onto a rail
car Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2006, in Fort Stewart, Ga., before it is shipped to Kuwait. The
division has been called to duty in Iraq more than any division in the Army. Its tanks and
armored Bradley vehicles were among the first to rumble into Baghdad in the 2003 invasion
Four soldiers with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division walk to the end of a long line of armored
vehicles on rail cars Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2006, at Fort Stewart, Ga. to prepare them to be
transported to the war in Iraq. The division has been called to duty in Iraq more than any
division in the Army. Its tanks and armored Bradley v