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Nelson says US-led coalition must finish the job in Iraq

July 27, 2018
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Defence Minister Brendan Nelson, citing progress in Iraq, says theUS-led coalition must not hand a victory to terrorists fighting inthat country by leaving too soon. (The Age — 4 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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The White House challenges a report for Congress saying Iraq has met few targets used to measure progress. (BBC News — 17 hours ago)
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Iraq has failed to meet all but three of 18 congressionally mandated benchmarks for political and military progress, according to a draft of a Government Accountability Office report. The document questions whether some aspects of a more positive assessment by the White House last month adequately… (Washington Post — 30 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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Shia, Sunni and Kurdish leaders sign a deal aimed at curbing sectarian violence, Iraq’s prime minister says. (BBC News — 27 August, 2007)
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The Iraqi government has failed to meet the vast majority of political and military goals laid out by lawmakers to assess President Bush’s Iraq war strategy, congressional auditors have determined. (CNN — 30 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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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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