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Generals: Troops need to stay in Iraq

July 21, 2007

By ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

BAGHDAD – U.S. military commanders said Friday the troop buildup in Iraq must be maintained until at least next summer and they may need as long as two years to ensure parts of the country are stable.

The point
was driven home by Gen. James Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps, who said in an address Friday at the National Press Club that a premature withdrawal could fuel Islamic extremists, spread terrorism and force the U.S. back into the fight.

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