President Bush's senior advisers on Iraq have recommended he stand by his current war strategy, and he is unlikely to order more than a symbolic cut in troops before the end of the year, administration officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- President George W. Bush vigorously defended his troop buildup in Iraq on Wednesday, and got a boost when Australian Prime Minister John Howard said his country's forces there won't change for the foreseeable future.
SYDNEY, Sept. 5 -- President Bush received a firm endorsement of his Iraq war policy from embattled Australian Prime Minister John Howard, who said on Wednesday that he would not withdraw any of his nation's combat troops from the country until the mission is complete.
A bleak portrait of the political and security situation in Iraq released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office sparked sharp protests from the top U.S. military command in Baghdad, whose officials described it as flawed and "factually incorrect."
The US military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, hinted he may recommend a reduction of US troops there by March next year, in an interview released Tuesday.
President Bush got a boost Wednesday from his most reliable foreign ally: Australian Prime Minister John Howard pledged to keep 550 Australian troops in Iraq as long as the United States needs them.
U.S. President George W. Bush said on Wednesday he saw signs of progress in Iraq on both the military and political fronts and again held out the possibility of a reduction in U.S. troop levels.
US President George W. Bush and Australia's John Howard vowed Wednesday to stand firm on Iraq in a strong defence of their strategy to contain violence in the war-torn country.
As the nation awaits next week?s report on the status of the Iraq war, the battle for the hearts and minds of Americans is escalating on the airwaves.
Australian Prime Minister John Howard assured President Bush on Wednesday that his country's troops will remain in Iraq at their current level for the foreseeable future. "Our committment to Iraq remains," said Howard, one of Bush's few remaining staunch war allies, after meetings between the two leaders. "This is not the time for any proposals of a scaling down of Australian forces."