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Bush Praises Iraqi Vote as 'Resounding Success'

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President Bush has welcomed Iraq's election as a "resounding success," saying the Iraqi people have shown a commitment to democracy. Speaking at the White House, Mr. Bush said Iraqis turned out in great numbers and at great risk to cast ballots across the nation. He says voters rejected threats of violence and refused to accept what he called an "anti-democratic ideology of terrorists." Mr. Bush said the world is hearing the voice of freedom from the center of the Middle East. The president added that some 100,000 Iraqi security forces guarded polling stations and carried out operations against terrorist groups during the vote. He also vowed the United States will continue training Iraqi security forces to fight terrorism and defend Iraq's "rising democracy."
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