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U.S. Expects More Violence as Iraq Vote Draws Near

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Friday that violence would intensify in Iraq as elections scheduled there for January approach and insurgents try to derail the country’s nascent political process. But he and President Bush’s national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, said the United States was determined to ensure that voting takes place as planned. “There’s no question but between now and the end of the year, the terrorists are determined to try to prevent the elections from taking place, and from taking place on time,” Mr. Rumsfeld said in response to questions after a speech at the National Press Club.Full Story

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