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Bush Says Fight in Iraq 'Can Be Won'


President Bush has marked the fourth anniversary of the Iraq war, saying the fight is difficult, but it can be won.

In a brief statement from the White House Monday, Mr. Bush called on Congress to get an emergency war spending bill for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to his desk "without strings" (restrictions) and without delay.

The president has repeatedly refused to set a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq. But the U.S. House of Representatives, now led by Democrats, is preparing to debate a proposal that would link approval of emergency war funds to a troop pullout by September 2008.

A similar measure was narrowly defeated in the Senate.

Earlier Monday, the president met with his National Security Council team and held a videoconference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said it is too soon to know if additional troops in Iraq are helping put an end to the violence.

He added he is generally happy with how Iraqi forces are performing since the United States began deploying an additional 25-thousand troops in Iraq.

At least a thousand protesters marched Sunday in New York to call for an end to the war. Their demonstration was similar to one held Saturday in Washington.

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