The War Within
The inside story of how President Bush's team dealt with its failing Iraq strategy
The Road to the Surge
In the summer of 2006, attacks on U.S. troops spiked to 1,000 a week as casualties surpassed 2,500, leading President Bush to privately acknowledge what he wasn't saying publicly: the U.S. war strategy in Iraq was broken. Bush's subsequent decision to deploy nearly 30,000 additional U.S. troops to reduce the violence - despite opposition from his top military commanders in Washington and Iraq - marked a dramatic shift in his management of the war. Below, a guide to key events and measures of violence in the Iraq war, before and after implementation of the surge.
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SOURCES: News reports, official documents, Bob Woodward's "State of Denial" and "The War Within"
Research by Amanda Zamora - washingtonpost.com; Brady Dennis - The Washington Post; Graphics by Nelson Hsu - washingtonpost.com