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Bolten: Iraq mission will continue after Bush term (USA Today)
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Thu, 06 Sep 2007 03:37:20 GMT

President Bush will address the nation next week about Iraq and U.S. efforts to get that country "well on the path" to stability by the end of his term, White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten said Wednesday.

Top Republicans back Bush Iraq strategy in debate (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 06 Sep 2007 04:07:46 GMT

The top Republican White House hopefuls pledged support for President George W. Bush's strategy in Iraq and battled war critic Ron Paul on Wednesday at a debate upstaged by the candidate who did not attend -- newly minted contender Fred Thompson.

Republicans, Paul clash over Iraq war (AP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 06 Sep 2007 04:32:37 GMT

Republican presidential contenders voiced support for the Iraq war Wednesday night despite a warning from anti-war candidate Ron Paul that they risk dragging the party down to defeat in 2008.

Bolten: Progress in Iraq is 'not as large as we would have hoped' (USA Today)
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Thu, 06 Sep 2007 03:35:18 GMT

White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten spoke with USA TODAY's editorial board days before Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S, commander in Iraq, and Ambassador Ryan Crocker are due to testify about progress in Iraq. Here are excerpts of the interview, edited for space and clarity.

How I Didn?t Dismantle Iraq?s Army (New York Times)
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Thu, 06 Sep 2007 03:23:05 GMT

We were right to build a new Iraqi Army. Despite all the difficulties encountered, Iraq?s new professional soldiers are the country?s most effective security force.

Bush, on friendly turf, hints at Iraq troop cuts (AFP via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 06 Sep 2007 03:25:27 GMT

US President George W. Bush, flanked by his staunchest remaining war ally, said Wednesday he saw enough progress in Iraq that he may soon be able to announce a partial US troop withdrawal.

Experts Doubt Drop In Violence in Iraq (Washington Post)
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Thu, 06 Sep 2007 02:10:20 GMT

The U.S. military's claim that violence has decreased sharply in Iraq in recent months has come under scrutiny from many experts within and outside the government, who contend that some of the underlying statistics are questionable and selectively ignore negative trends.

Panel sees more than a year before Iraq can handle security (International Herald Tribune)
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Thu, 06 Sep 2007 01:44:14 GMT

A report by an independent commission says that it will be at least 12 to 18 months before Iraq's army and police can take charge of the country's security.

House Democrats May Try Again to Force Iraq Withdrawal Timetable (CQPolitics.com via Yahoo! News)
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Thu, 06 Sep 2007 01:35:59 GMT

Bolstered by the release of a pessimistic Government Accountability Office report on Iraq, House Democratic leaders Wednesday declared the Bush administration’s “surge” initiative a failure and said they might try again to mandate a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

Petraeus hints at Iraq troop cuts in '08 (Reuters via Yahoo! News)
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Wed, 05 Sep 2007 23:38:40 GMT

The top U.S. military commander in Iraq, General David Petraeus, has suggested he would recommend a cut in U.S. troop numbers around March when he delivers long-awaited testimony to Congress next week.