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twaddler01 Donating Member (800 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-01-05 02:43 PM
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66. Iraqi President: U.S. Troops Should Stay
By MARIAM FAM, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraq (news - web sites)'s president said Tuesday it would be "complete nonsense" to ask foreign troops to leave the country now, although some could depart by year's end. Officials began the final vote tally from elections to produce a government to confront the insurgency.

A militant group claimed in a Web statement that it had taken an American soldier hostage and threatened to kill him within 72 hours unless Iraqi prisoners are freed. The Web posting included a photo of a bound man in desert fatigues with an automatic rifle pointed at his head.

The claim's authenticity could not be immediately verified. A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad, Marine Sgt. Salju K. Thomas, said "we are currently looking into" the claim.
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