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Bush to Make Assessment of Iraq's Needs for US Military Help


President Bush says he will be able to make a fresh assessment of Iraq's needs for U.S. military help now that a new government is in place.

But Mr. Bush, speaking to reporters in Washington, did not give a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. He said the new unity government is not yet meeting with U.S. military commanders to come up with a joint plan forward.

Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said Iraqi forces will take over security from foreign troops in most of the country by the end of this year.

In violence Tuesday, insurgents killed at least 34 people in a series of attacks in Iraq. Iraqi police say a bomb killed at least 11 people outside a Shi'ite mosque in Baghdad.

Hours earlier, five people were killed by a car bomb at a crowded market in Baghdad's Shi'ite neighborhood of Sadr City.

Other car bombs, mortar attacks, and drive-by shootings killed 18 other Iraqis Tuesday.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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