White House (AP) President Bush is pledging that security gains in Iraq will continue, but he didn't say how that will affect the timing of additional U.S. troop withdrawals.
Bush thanked Lieutenant General Ray Odierno for his service as the number-two commander in Iraq, saying the progress his teams have made will continue, because the stakes in Iraq are essential for peace. Odierno oversaw the troop expansion that started in january 2007 and has been nominated for promotion to four-star rank and assignment as vice chief of staff of the Army.
The pledge comes as another top U.S. commander in Iraq says fighting to drive Al-Qaida from the northern city of Mosul will take at least a few more months.
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