US President George W. Bush asked Congress on Saturday for US$3.2 billion (â‚¬2.4 billion) to pay for at least 4,000 extra combat support troops and military police forces that commanders told the president they need in Iraq.
The extra troops are in addition to the 21,500-troop buildup Bush announced in January. The budget revisions come as many US lawmakers opposed to the buildup are debating funding for the war.
Bush is proposing to cancel US$3.2 billion in low-priority defense items within his fiscal 2007 supplemental budget request to offset the need for these extra forces.
"This revised request would better align resources based on the assessment of military commanders to achieve the goal of establishing Iraq and Afghanistan as democratic and secure nations that are free of terrorism," Bush wrote in a letter to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.