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Bush Says US Will Hunt Zarqawi Successor

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President Bush says the successor to slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is going to be -- as he put it -- "on our list to bring to justice."

Mr. Bush made the comments Monday at the Camp David presidential retreat outside Washington after consulting with top aides on Iraq. Mr. Bush's remarks came just days after Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq.

The president told reporters that Iraq's neighbors ought to do more to help the war-torn country's fledgling government. He said the U.S. is constantly working with its friends in the region to encourage them to support the new democracy.

Additionally, Mr. Bush said energy issues were discussed during the Monday meeting. He said Iraq is producing more than two million barrels of oil per day, which he called "extremely positive." He said the Iraqi government should use the oil as a way to unite the country and think about having a fund for the people.

The meeting at Camp David includes top U.S. officials and, by teleconference, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, General George Casey, and officials in the new Iraqi government. The talks continue Tuesday.
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