18 Apr '11, 1am

News: Top US Republican impressed by progress in Iraq

WASHINGTON - US HOUSE Speaker John Boehner, on a visit to Baghdad, hailed Iraq's march toward self-governance by year's end, praising it as 'a different country' from the violence-ridden recent past. 'Just four years ago, a terrorist insurgency was killing innocent civilians and wreaking havoc across the country,' Mr Boehner, the top Republican in the House of Representatives, said from Iraq in a statement release by his office in Washington. 'Today Iraq is a different country' as the last remaining US forces there prepared to depart by year's end, said Mr Boehner, who travelled to Iraq over the weekend as part of a six-member congressional delegation. 'By taking the fight to Al-Qaeda, the insurgency, and other terrorist threats, our men and women in uniform succeeded in providing greater security to the Iraqi population and giving the government the time to build capacity...

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