Saturday, August 27, 2005

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Top News Article | "- Thousands of Iraq war supporters and protesters staged competing rallies near President George W. Bush's Texas ranch on Saturday as he warned Americans to brace for more sacrifice in Iraq.

With almost 1,900 U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war, Bush's job approval rating has plummeted to new lows. He is under increasing pressure from critics to finish training a new Iraqi security force and bring the soldiers home.

But in his weekly radio address, Bush acknowledged there was more work ahead for American soldiers in Iraq.

'Our efforts in Iraq and the broader Middle East will require more time, more sacrifice and continued resolve,' said Bush, who has spent most of August on vacation at his 1,600- acre (648-hectare) ranch.

Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed in Iraq last year and has camped outside Bush's ranch seeking a second meeting with him to press for the withdrawal of troops, said her efforts would ultimately lead to the end of the war in Iraq.

'I know that the Camp Casey movement is going to end the war in Iraq,' she said after folk singer Joan Baez led supporters in singing 'Amazing Grace.' Rally organizers estimated the crowd at 2,000, although it appeared smaller."


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