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Rice Dismisses Talk of U.S. Bases in Iraq

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Tuesday brushed aside suggestions that the United States wants an indefinite troop presence and permanent military bases in Iraq. “The presence in Iraq is for a very clear purpose, and that’s to enable Iraqis to be able to govern themselves and to create security forces that can help them do that,” Rice told the House Appropriations Committee’s foreign operations panel. “I don’t think that anybody believes that we really want to be there longer than we have to,” the chief U.S. diplomat added. Full Story

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