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US Military Chief: Changes Being Prepared in Iraq Strategy


The top U.S. general says American military leaders are preparing to recommend changes to U.S. strategy in Iraq.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, said Friday U.S. officials need to make a thorough review about what is working, what is not working, and what impediments there are to progress in Iraq.

General Pace made his comments in an interview with CBS television, two days after President Bush announced the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

In a separate development, an audio recording purportedly from al-Qaida in Iraq said the group has mobilized 12-thousand fighters who will not rest they have blown up the White House in Washington. The authenticity of the message could not be immediately verified.

At least 10 people were killed Friday in Iraq, including an Iraqi army colonel and several soldiers in the northern town of Tal Afar.

The U.S. military also announced the deaths of five more American service members in Iraq. Four of the five deaths were from combat-related injuries.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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