Report: Bush asks PM to authorize Badr Brigade

US President George W. Bush asked Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during their meeting in Washington on Tuesday to authorize the entry of 1,500 Palestinian soldiers from the Jordanian-based Badr Division, into the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the British daily The Daily Telegraph reported. The relatively well-armed Badr Division is loyal to the Fatah faction, and the hope in the US is that the additional troops will help buttress Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' strength in the territories against Hamas.