‘Hundreds of American troops’ will be lost before Sept.

The AP looks at the costs of waiting until September for President Bush’s status report:

While many in Congress are pushing President Bush to alter course in Iraq by September if not sooner, his new status report on the war strongly implies that the administration believes its military strategy will take many more months to meet its goals.

The report cited no specific timeframe, but its language suggests what some U.S. commanders have hinted at recently: The troop reinforcements that Bush ordered in January may need to remain until spring 2008. […]

Between now and September the battle for Baghdad will intensify, likely costing hundreds of American troops’ lives.

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