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In US, patience over Iraq thins

The crash of a transport helicopter that killed 31 marines in Iraq – marking the deadliest day for US forces there since the invasion – is putting new weight on Sunday’s elections as a potentially critical turning point not only for Iraqis, but for Americans, too. Depending on the outcome, the vote this weekend could dramatically bolster support for the war – providing a sense of hope and progress after weeks of growing public disillusionment – or it could intensify demands for the withdrawal of US troops. President Bush sought once again to steel public support for the Iraq mission Wednesday, issuing a statement on the helicopter crash and holding a public news conference.Full Story

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