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Bush Says Guerrillas Want Taliban Rule in Iraq

President Bush, warning the United States must stay the course in Iraq despite rising casualties, said on Tuesday that some of the guerrillas that U.S. forces are facing there are fighting to establish a Taliban-like government in Iraq. In a Veterans Day speech at the Heritage Foundation, Bush said Saddam Hussein loyalists and “foreign jihadists” are working together to launch attacks against Americans and Iraqis in a 200-square-mile area he called the “Baathist triangle” and including Saddam’s home region. “Foreign jihadists have arrived across Iraq’s borders in small groups with a goal of installing a Taliban-like regime,” Bush said, referring to the Islamic hard-liners in Afghanistan who harbored Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network before they were thrown from power by U.S. forces after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Full Story

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