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Bush Admits Combat Operations Continue in Iraq

HeadlineAug 19, 2003

President Bush has admitted that major combat operations are continuing in Iraq. On May 1, Bush went on national TV to proclaim the end “major combat operations.”

But in a new interview with the Armed Forces Radio Bush said: ” We still have combat operations going on. It’s a different kind of combat mission, but, nevertheless, it’s combat, just ask the kids that are over there killing and being shot at.”

Questions also arose as to whether Bush knows how many U.S. troops he has sent into war.

He said during the interview that the U.S. has about 10,000 troops in Afghanistan which he said is “down from, obviously major combat operations.”

But the Washington Post points out 10,000 troops in Afghanistan actually represents the highest number of US soldiers there since the war began almost two years ago. The U.S. used only 3,000 troops to take on the Taliban in the fall of 2001.

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