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29 May 2004 -- U.S. President George W. Bush used his weekly radio address today to urge Americans to persevere in Iraq.
As officials prepared to dedicate later in the day a World War II memorial in Washington, Bush evoked the Allied campaign against Adolf Hitler in a speech pledging that the U.S. will remain steadfast in Iraq.
He said America's sacrifices in World War II helped to vanquish fascism and Nazism. Referring to Iraq, he said the United States will "see it through to victory."
Using similar language to describe the war against Hitler and that against former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Bush said the war on terrorism and the invasion of Iraq are parts of efforts to defend freedom.
In Iraq, Prime Minister-designate Iyad Allawi reportedly has begun the process of forming an interim government due to take office on 1 July.
Aides to Allawi say he is meeting today with fellow members of the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council, and possibly with U.S. officials.
Allawi, a secular Shi'a Muslim neurologist who opposed Hussein's regime in exile, was selected as interim prime minister yesterday in Baghdad by the Governing Council.
UN spokesman Fred Eckhard said that UN envoy Lakdar Brahimi will work with Allawi on the makeup of the rest of the government, which is expected to be announced in the next few days.