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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Greg Sheridan, "Iraq: US may be asked to leave," The Australian, June 21, 2006.

In an exclusive interview with The Australian, former US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage...said he believed the Iraqis would soon ask the US to leave their country....

Mr Armitage believes Iraq is still a big drag on Republicans.

He said "many Republicans are running away from the President" as they prepared for the forthcoming mid-term congressional elections.

Mr Armitage was equally gloomy about Afghanistan, especially in the south, where violence was worsening and Australia was deploying a new provincial reconstruction team. "It'll be heavy lifting for them," he said. "Five years after the overthrow of the Taliban, the ordinary people don't see much change in their lives."
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