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Secretary Rice Arrives in Iraq to Discuss Progress, Challenges
Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^

Posted on 10/06/2006 4:25:19 PM PDT by SandRat

BAGHDAD — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited Baghdad Oct. 5 to discuss progress being made and challenges ahead and to reaffirm that the United States remains “a committed friend for Iraq.”

Rice praised Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for his “excellent leadership” during a critical period in his country’s history.

“This is an important time and a challenge for the Iraqi people, but they are a strong people, they are a committed people and we know that they will overcome these challenges,” Rice said.

Maliki said he looks forward to discussions about issues important to both the United States and Iraq. Rice was also expected to meet with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani during her visit.

The stopover in Iraq wraps up Rice’s tour of the Middle East, during which she visited Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the West Bank and Israel. Throughout the trip, she expressed U.S. support for moderate Arab leaders, who President Bush calls critical to overcoming extremism in the Middle East.

"We believe that a democratic, modernizing, moderate Middle East is the best chance for peace in this region; it is the best chance for true stability in this region,” Rice said Oct. 3 in Cairo. “Democratic institutions are the only way that people who have differences resolve those differences peacefully."

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: arrives; challenges; iraq; progress; rice; secstate
In other developments throughout Iraq:

Iraqi army soldiers from 1st Platoon, 5th Special Troops Company, 3rd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division, graduated from the Macedonian-led basic combat training course Sunday at Camp Taji.

Iraqi Police and Coalition Forces apprehended three suspected insurgents and seized a sizable cache Tuesday in a combined operation south of Baqubah.

Baghdad Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, and 1st BCT, 4th Infantry Division, confiscated illegal munitions in Baghdad Oct. 3.

1 posted on 10/06/2006 4:25:20 PM PDT by SandRat
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WAR News You'll Hear Nowhere Else!

Countering Bob Woodward's and the Left's Lies!

2 posted on 10/06/2006 4:25:51 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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And I missed her, darn it.

3 posted on 10/06/2006 5:24:58 PM PDT by tongue-tied (Go Cubs!)
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