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Bush urges America to support Iraq 'sacrifice'

US president George Bush asked for the nation's patience for difficult and dangerous work ahead in Iraq today, rejecting calls either for a timetable for withdrawal or sending more troops to battle the enemy.
Mr Bush said: 'Sending more Americans would undermine our strategy of encouraging Iraqis to take the lead in this fight, and sending more Americans would suggest that we intend to stay forever.'

He also said Iraqis must be reassured that !America will not leave before the job is done'.