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Bush Tells Soldiers Iraq Strategy Will Take Time

Bush eats with troops at Fort Benning on January 11 (epa) January 12, 2007 -- U.S. President George W. Bush has told soldiers that his strategy of sending more U.S. troops to Iraq would not yield immediate results in halting sectarian violence.

Bush made the comments on January 11 at a U.S. Army base in Fort Benning, Georgia, from which about 4,000 more soldiers will soon deploy to Iraq.

The president said that in the long run the American people can expect to see positive results in Iraq.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on January 11 Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government is surviving "on borrowed time," but that she remains confident al-Maliki can deliver on promises to improve Iraqi security.

Rice was speaking in a U.S. Senate hearing on January 11 about Bush's new Iraq strategy, announced in a speech late on January 10.

(CNN, Reuters)

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