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2006-08-31 12:44:32

By Tabassum Zakaria SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, seeking to fend off growing election-year discontent with the Iraq war, said on Thursday his wars in Iraq and against terrorism were keeping Americans safe. Bush, whose Republican party is fighting to keep control of Congress in November elections, took on his political critics in launching a new campaign to promote his security policies before the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. "If America were...

2006-08-28 15:39:51

By Patricia Wilson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday seized on Democratic calls to pull troops out of Iraq to draw an election-year link between early withdrawal and the possibility of terrorist attacks in the United States. As Cheney and President George W. Bush try to help Republicans keep control of the U.S. Congress on November 7, polls show public support for the war ebbing away. But Bush gets better marks for his handling of terrorism and Cheney tied...

2006-08-12 09:37:17

By Steve Holland CRAWFORD, Texas (Reuters) - President Bush cautioned on Saturday the threat from a plot to detonate liquid explosives on commercial flights may not have passed and denied Democratic charges he was trying to use the crisis for political gains in an election year. "We believe that this week's arrests have significantly disrupted the threat," Bush said in his weekly radio address. "Yet we cannot be sure that the threat has been eliminated." British authorities arrested...

2006-06-29 18:28:14

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military has found more Iraqi weapons in recent months, in addition to the 500 chemical munitions recently reported by the Pentagon, a top defense intelligence official said on Thursday. Lt. Gen. Michael Maples, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, did not specify if the newly found weapons were also chemical munitions. But he said he expected more. "I do not believe we have found all the weapons," he told the House of...

2006-06-13 09:41:48

By Bernd Debusmann, Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Suicide bombs rather than chemical, biological or nuclear weapons are the most serious threat to the United States, according to a survey of top American foreign policy and terrorism experts. The pace of suicide strikes around the world accelerated sharply since the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, with hundreds of people killed in Indonesia, Jordan, Israel, Madrid and London. Suicide bombs, strapped to...

2006-06-09 15:59:23

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans killed a provision in an Iraq war funding bill that would have put the United States on record against the permanent basing of U.S. military facilities in that country, a lawmaker and congressional aides said on Friday. The $94.5 billion emergency spending bill, which includes $65.8 billion to continue waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is expected to be approved by Congress next week and sent to President George W....

2006-04-06 17:47:02

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Britain on Thursday turned up the pressure on Iraqi leaders to form a government of national unity, with Britain's defense minister saying delays only served to help terrorists. "There is a great deal of urgency about this," John Reid said during a joint Pentagon briefing with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. "I think it is the most important thing on the agenda in Iraq, which is to respond to the efforts of the...

2006-03-28 16:25:47

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asked Russia on Tuesday to investigate Pentagon assertions that Moscow gave intelligence to Iraq on U.S. military movements shortly after the 2003 invasion. Russia's defense minister called the accusations "complete rubbish," and U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he did not know whether the assertions made in a Pentagon report, released on Friday by the military's Joint Forces Command, were...

2006-03-26 16:17:48

By Adrian Croft MELBOURNE (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair, speaking amid calls by many Australians for their troops to be withdrawn from Iraq, will tell Australia's parliament on Monday now is not the time to quit the violence-torn country. U.S. allies Australia and Britain both have troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Australian opposition leader Kim Beazley has said a future Labor government would withdraw Australia's troops from Iraq as soon as possible, and a recent...

2006-03-19 11:31:30

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world's only superpower has learned some hard lessons during three years of war in Iraq and there is increasing skepticism about whether it can ever achieve its objectives there. President George W. Bush's stated rationale for invading in March 2003 -- ridding Iraq of weapons of mass destruction -- quickly proved illusory. No such arms were ever found. Three years later, as bodies are dumped daily on the streets...


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  • A unit of saved energy.
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