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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Maliki, Bush Discuss Baghdad Security

WASHINGTON -- The United States and Iraq are moving thousands of troops into Baghdad to bolster Iraq's war-weary capital in what the White House suggests is an acknowledgment that the six-week U.S.-Iraqi security offensive is not working.

U.S. President George W. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are to discuss details of the new plan Tuesday at the White House, Maliki's first visit to the United States since taking office two months ago.

White House press secretary Tony Snow said it was clear that the previous plan to bolster security, which Bush praised on his surprise visit to the city on June 13, "has not achieved its objectives."

Other U.S. officials said the new Baghdad security plan entailed bringing more U.S. troops into Baghdad from elsewhere in Iraq. The remainder of a backup force that had been stationed in Kuwait was also heading into Iraq, said a senior Defense Department official, who requested anonymity because the plans were yet to be made public.