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Iraqi President Rejects Iraq Study Group Report


Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has sharply criticized the U.S. bi-partisan Iraq Study Group recommendations for changing U.S. strategy in Iraq.

Mr. Talabani, an Iraqi Kurd, told journalists in Baghdad Sunday the report is unfair and unjust. He said it contains what he called "dangerous articles that undermine the sovereignty of Iraq and its constitution."

He objected to including members of the former ruling Baath party in any attempts at reconciliation. Sunni Arab politicians had welcomed the recommendation.

Mr. Talabani criticized the suggestion of placing thousands more U.S. troops in Iraqi military units to speed their training.

He also backed the objections of other Iraqi Kurdish leaders to the report's recommendations for sharing Iraq's oil wealth.

President Bush has said he is studying the report, and will consider its recommendations along with other assessments on U.S. strategy in Iraq.

The Iraq Study Group was led by former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker - a Republican - and former congressman Lee Hamilton - a Democrat.

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

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