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Bush To Nominate Iraq Ambassador To UN Post

Zalmay Khalilzad (file photo) (epa) January 8, 2006 -- The White House has confirmed that U.S. President George W. Bush will nominate the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, to be the U.S. representative to the United Nations.

The White House today also said Bush will also nominate the current U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Ryan Crocker, to fill the Baghdad post.

Khalilzad, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, will replace John Bolton, whose temporary appointment expired earlier this month.

The White House also said Bush will address the nation at 9 p.m. on January 11 to outline his new plan for stabilizing Iraq.

Bush is expected to announce an increase of up to 20,000 additional U.S. troops in an effort to curb sectarian violence.

(Reuters, AFP)

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