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President Extends Prayers, Praise to Troops in Fallujah

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2004 – The nation extends its prayers to the U.S. forces fighting in Fallujah, Iraq, as well as their loved ones as they carry out "the hard work necessary for a free Iraq to emerge," President Bush said Nov. 9.

The president spoke with reporters after visiting wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here.

He praised the U.S., coalition and Iraqi forces "in harm's way," working to rid Fallujah of "terrorists there who are trying to stop the march of freedom."

Bush said he's confident the troops, operating at the request of interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, will "bring justice to those who are willing to kill the innocent, who are trying to terrorize the Iraqi people and our coalition, (and) who want to stop democracy."

These terrorists, the president insisted, "are not going to succeed."

"And so we wish our troops all the best and Godspeed to them all," he said.

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