Bush vows to 'complete Iraq job'
- Bush vows to 'complete Iraq job'
US President George W Bush has pledged to keep American troops in Iraq
until "the job is complete".
Speaking after a summit in Jordan with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri
Maliki, he said troops would remain as long as Mr Maliki's government wanted
President Bush praised Mr Maliki as a strong leader. He said the Iraqi
PM had told him that any partition of Iraq would only make things worse.
The summit had been delayed by a day amid denials of a snub to Mr Bush.
It was held as reports suggested a report by America's cross-party Iraq
Study Group would recommend changes to US policy.
Speaking at Thursday's joint news conference, Mr Maliki said his
government was at one with the rest of the "civilised world" in fighting
He said he wanted a relationship of mutual respect with Iraq's
Mr Bush said it was important to speed up training for the Iraqi
security forces and that Mr Maliki should have more forces under his control,
so that terrorists and death squads could be defeated.
Both leaders face pressure over the situation in Iraq and the summit
followed one of the bloodiest weeks in the country since the US-led invasion
Mr Maliki was under enormous pressure at home not to meet President
Bush, says the BBC's Jon Leyne in Amman.
In protest against the planned meeting, the Iraqi political group loyal
to Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr suspended its participation in the government.
The group, which has 30 MPs and a handful of ministers, had been making
the threat for some days and had called for Mr Maliki to call off the Jordan
Mr Maliki has also been the subject of a leaked US memo, published in
the New York Times on Monday, in which Mr Bush's national security adviser,
Stephen Hadley, raised doubts about his ability to control sectarian violence.
According to the Times, the 8 November memo said that while Mr Maliki's
intentions seemed good, his capabilities were "not yet sufficient to turn his
good intentions into actions".
Mr Bush, meanwhile, is facing growing political pressure over the lack
of progress in Iraq and the rising tide of violence, says the BBC's Jonathan
Beale in Washington.
Even the White House acknowledges the violence has reached a new phase,
though it still dismisses talk of a civil war, he says.
Reports on Wednesday suggested that the US is planning to move more
troops into Baghdad early next year in a bid to restore calm.
But first comes the publication of the report from the Iraq Study Group,
the bipartisan panel set up to examine US policy on Iraq. The group will
release its findings on 6 December, it said in a statement on Wednesday.
The co-chairman of the group, Senator Lee Hamilton, said members had now
reached a consensus - but did not give details.
Initials reports suggest it will recommend the US military move from a
combative to a supportive role, and also urge a regional conference involving
Iran and Syria.