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Bush Urges Iraqis to Vote in Landmark Election

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President Bush is urging all Iraqis to vote, saying the January 30th election is a historic and hopeful moment for Iraq. Speaking to reporters at the White House (today/Friday), Mr. Bush said it is important for Iraqis to vote for their national assembly, because it will write the country's permanent constitution. Despite escalating violence in some areas, Mr. Bush says 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces are relatively calm. However, the four most violent provinces contain more than half of Iraq's population. Attacks Thursday claimed nine American troops, and dozens of Iraqis have been killed since Sunday. Mr. Bush also confirmed a New York Times report that he is sending a team to Iraq to review U.S. policy there. The Times said retired General Gary Luck would evaluate American troop levels, training of Iraqi forces and the strategy for fighting insurgents.
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