Countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf States need to understand that an American defeat in Iraq would create a new sanctuary for extremists — and a strategic threat to their survival.

The Marines plan to extend the tours of two battalions in Anbar province by 60 days starting in February, one official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.That would achieve a net gain of 4,000 troops because the two battalions would remain after their designated replacements arrived from the United States in February.

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As part of his new plan for Iraq that he will outline to the American people tonight, President Bush will make it clear that his patience with the Iraqi government is not unlimited and that it must perform.

"I have made it clear to the Prime Minister and Iraq's other leaders that America's commitment is not open-ended," Mr.S.

-backed troops.Washington had offered up to $5 million for his capture.

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Embassy spokesman Matthew Lussenhop congratulated the Philippine government, describing Sulaiman's killing as "a major success.