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    Bush vows to complete Iraq job http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6158119.stm US President George W Bush has pledged to keep American troops in Iraq
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      Bush vows to 'complete Iraq job'
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6158119.stm
      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
      them there.

      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
      terror.

      He said he wanted a relationship of mutual respect with Iraq's
      neighbours.

      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.

      Under pressure

      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
      in 2003.

      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
      meeting.

      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".

      Report looms

      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.
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