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Top Army General Says Current US Troop Levels May Be Needed in Iraq Through 2009

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The U.S. Army's top general says the Army is planning for the possibility of keeping the current number of troops in Iraq - well over 100,000 - for four more years.

General Peter Schoomaker told the Associated Press Saturday he was confident the Army could continue to provide the current number of forces in Iraq for several more years.

President Bush, in his weekly radio address, expressed confidence in what he called the "ultimate triumph of our cause."

In Saturday's Democratic radio address, former Senator Max Cleland of Georgia said Mr. Bush's plan for victory is not working.

Mr. Cleland said the United States needs a strategy to win in Iraq or an exit strategy to leave. Mr. Bush has said there will be no timetable for withdrawing the troops, because that would signal the United States is weak.

Some information for this report provided by AP. 

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