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Bush's Iraq puppet takes credit for averting civil war that Bush tried to incite
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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told lawmakers on Monday his government had stopped Iraq sliding into civil war and said violence in and around Baghdad had plunged under a U.S.-backed security crackdown.

Maliki spoke in a formal address to parliament hours before American officials were to deliver a vital progress report on Iraq that could influence future U.S. strategy.

He said security gains had been made across Iraq, but added that his forces needed more time to take over full security responsibility from U.S.-led foreign soldiers.

U.S. President George W. Bush is under mounting pressure to withdraw some troops after more than four years of war in which over 3,700 U.S. soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed and millions have fled their homes.

Bush's top officials in Iraq, military commander General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, will give their assessment later on Monday to the Democrat-controlled Congress on the president's decision to send 30,000 extra troops to Iraq.

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