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Cheney Tells Troops U.S. Will Complete Iraq Mission

March 18, 2008
Holly Rosenkrantz

March 18 (Bloomberg) — Vice President Dick Cheney, rallying troops during a visit to Iraq, vowed that the U.S. will stay committed to its mission to end the conflict in the country.

US Vice President Dick Cheney (L) shakes hands with Iraq's ...
US Vice President Dick Cheney (L) shakes hands with Iraq’s Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki ahead of their meeting in Baghdad on March 17. Iraq’s main Sunni parliamentary bloc has boycotted a crucial national reconciliation conference, delivering a fresh blow to the country’s battered political process.(AFP/POOL/Ceerwan Aziz)

“Tyranny in Iraq was worth defeating,” Cheney said today. “Democracy in Iraq is worth defending.”

This week marks the fifth anniversary of the March 20 U.S.- led invasion of Iraq. Cheney spent two days in the country meeting with U.S. commanders and Iraqi leaders to assess the needs of troops before a report on the conflict is delivered to Congress next month. He stayed last night at Balad Air Base, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, where mortar fire could be heard throughout the night.

Cheney later flew to Irbil, in Iraqi Kurdistan, to meet with Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq’s Kurdish administration. Iraqi Kurdish leaders have criticized Turkey for an incursion into Iraq last month that targeted the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, saying it was an attack on Iraq’s sovereignty. The PKK is designated a terrorist group by the U.S. and the European Union.

There is evidence of “dramatic improvements” in security in Iraq, Cheney said yesterday. U.S. military commanders will brief Congress on progress in the country since President George W. Bush ordered the deployment of 30,000 extra U.S. soldiers and Marines a year ago.

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