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Bush to Meet With Iraq Study Group


President Bush will meet Monday with the Iraq Study Group, a bipartisan panel named by congress to make recommendations about U.S. policy in Iraq.

The Iraq Study Group is co-chaired by former secretary of state James Baker and former Democratic congressman Lee Hamilton. A White House spokesman said the group is not yet ready to present its final report to the president.

The meeting follows statements from senior Democrats, whose party won control of Congress last week, who said their priority will be a change of course in Iraq.

Senator Carl Levin called Sunday in a broadcast interview for a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, and party chairman Howard Dean said Americans have made it clear they do not want the U.S. to stay in Iraq forever.

But Mr. Dean acknowledged his party will need to work with the president on Iraq.

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

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