Iraqi President Says U.S. Forces Will Stay

March 4, 2006 - Posted at 1:20 p.m. CST

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ As attacks resume after relative calm

around Baghdad, President Jalal Talabani says U-S military forces

will be staying on hand as long as Iraq needs them.

His comments followed a bombing that targeted a minibus terminal

in a Baghdad suburb, which killed seven people and wounded dozens.

Talabani says Iraq needs a unity government after the recent

surge in sectarian violence. Talabani says U-S Central Command

chief General John Abizaid believes a unified government will

stabilize Iraq and bring about peace.

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