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Bush calls Iraq success a strike against terror

President Bush, aboard an aircraft carrier homebound from war, said Thursday night “the United States and our allies have prevailed” against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and will confront any other threatening nation suspected of terrorist ties. “Major combat operations in Iraq have ended,” Bush said from the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln, which launched thousands of air strikes on Iraq. “The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September 11, 2001, and still goes on.” Bush flew to the carrier on a Navy jet and made a screeching stop as his plane was snagged by a cable stretched across the deck. He changed out of his flight suit to address thousands of cheering Navy personnel gathered beneath a banner that read, “Mission Accomplished.” Struggling with his emotions, Bush’s voice broke as he called the liberation of Iraq a crucial advance in the campaign against terror. “We have removed an ally of al-Qaida and cut off a source of terrorist funding,” he said. “And this much is certain: No terrorist network will gain weapons of mass destruction from the Iraqi regime because that regime is no more.” Full Story

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