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Bush Tells Talabani Of Commitment To Help Iraq


http://gdb.rferl.org/54E1F375-4316-43BA-9AAE-83894177370C_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/54E1F375-4316-43BA-9AAE-83894177370C_mw800_mh600.jpg Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Washington with U.S. President George W. Bush (official site) June 1, 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Washington, and said the United States is "fully committed" to aiding the Iraqi government.


Bush promised to help the Iraqi government meet important objectives, including the passage of legislation on equitable distribution of oil revenues, and a de-Ba'athification law.


The meeting took place amid continuing violence in Iraq.


A suicide bomber killed up to 20 men at a police recruitment center in Fallujah on May 31. An Al-Qaeda-led group -- the Islamic State of Iraq -- claimed responsibility.


In Al-Ramadi, the capital of Al-Anbar Governate, a suicide truck bomber killed five and wounded 15 in an attack on a mobile phone center.


Also on May 31, an Iraqi cameraman working for the Associated Press was shot and killed in Baghdad.


The U.S. news organization said Saif M. Fakhry was shot twice while walking to a mosque near his home on his day off. AP said he was the organization's fifth employee to die in violence during the Iraq war.


(Reuters)

Sharing Iraq's Oil

The pipeline from Kirkuk to Turkey is one of Iraq's main oil-export lifelines (epa file photo)

THE FUTURE OF THE ECONOMY. The uneven distribution of Iraq's oil resources has long been a source of tension among the country's ethnic and sectarian groups. Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, the tangled quest to find an equitable way to share oil revenues has been a major stumbling block on the road to national unity.


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