Your Iraq news for the day:
The military rejects the Jones' commission's call to disband the Iraqi national police. General Patraeus indicates that he's willing to drawdown American troops by a brigade. Still no mention of what measures will be taken to keep the rest of the troops there. Seven Americans died fighting in Iraq yesterday, four in Anbar province.
The Congressional Research Service reports that Iraq's national government is nearing collapse.
Troop strength in Iraq will reach a record high in the coming weeks.
Fourteen Iraqi civilians died in airstrikes prompted by fighting with Shiite militia fighters.
Congressional Republicans reject calls for withdrawal; moderates in both parties think the time may be ripe for them to take control of the war. The war puts both parties in a bind.