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Iran a grim shadow, Bush warns

June 29, 2018
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US president George Bush warns that Iran’s efforts to acquirenuclear weapons could put the entire Middle East ‘under the shadowof a nuclear holocaust’. (The Age — 30 August, 2007)
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DAVID PETRAEUS, the US military commander in Iraq, has given apreview of his forthcoming report to Congress, citing a dramaticreduction in violence in Baghdad and foreshadowing a ‘gradual’reduction in the number of troops in Iraq. (Sydney Morning Herald — 31 August, 2007)
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RENO, Nev, Aug. 28–President Bush played down the failure of the Iraqi government to meet political benchmarks set by the U.S. Congress, telling American Legionnaires Tuesday morning that it makes no sense to ignore real military progress despite the Iraqi government’s failure to approve all the… (Washington Post — 29 August, 2007)
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RENO, Nev., Aug. 28 — A year ago, President Bush came before the American Legion convention and assured his audience of veterans that the early results of a plan to strengthen security in Baghdad were “encouraging.” Within a few months, U.S. officials were acknowledging that the plan had collapsed… (Washington Post — 29 August, 2007)
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President Bush said that an American withdrawal from Iraq would unsettle the entire Middle East, create a haven for Al Qaeda and embolden a belligerent Iran. (New York Times — 29 August, 2007)
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A hasty American withdrawal from Iraq would leave the Middle East disastrously exposed to further violence and instability, the president said. (New York Times — 29 August, 2007)
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President Bush aims to inspire patience with the war Tuesday by arguing that the fight against extremists in Iraq is crucial to U.S. security and the future of a strategic, struggling region. (MSNBC — 29 August, 2007)
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The House will hold hearings next week on two key reports assessing political and military conditions in Iraq, jump-starting the debate over President Bush’s strategy even before long-awaited testimony by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker, due the following week. (Washington Post — 28 August, 2007)
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The move will intensify economic assistance to Sunni groups, particularly in Anbar Province, who have turned against homegrown insurgent groups. (New York Times — 8 hours ago)
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Iraq has met only three of 18 targets being used to measure its progress, a US watchdog is said to have concluded. (BBC News — 30 August, 2007)
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