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President Bush makes surprise trip to Iraq

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Al-Asad Air Base, Iraq - President Bush made a surprise visit at Al-Asad Air Base in Iraq today. Bush talked with top U.S. and Iraqi leaders about security conditions across Iraq.    

There has been a drop in violence in Anbar, where Sunni tribal leaders and former insurgents have teamed up with U.S. troops to hunt down al-Qaida and other extremists.

Bush says some U.S. troops could be sent home if security conditions continue to improve, but he's not saying how many troops, or how soon.

However, he said decisions about troop levels will be based on assessments by military commander and "not a nervous reaction by Washington politicians to poll results in the media."

He called on Congress to wait until it hears testimony from them next week, before judging the result of his decision to send an extra 30,000 troops to Iraq.

 

(Information obtained from The Associated Press. Copyright 2007. All Rights Reserved)

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