WASHINGTON (AFP) - A new US report Thursday painted a bleak picture of progress by Iraq's government, heaping more pressure on a weakened President George W. Bush and fueling demands in Congress to bring troops home.
Facing a maelstrom of criticism, Bush insisted America could still win the four-year war, and warned a US pull-back would mean "surrendering the future of Iraq to Al-Qaeda" and spawn chaos throughout the Middle East.
The White House's interim report into Bush's plan to surge an extra 30,000 more troops into Iraq found satisfactory progress by the Baghdad government on only eight of 18 security and political benchmarks set by Congress.
Bush said however he still had "confidence" in Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and styled the report as an initial snapshot of the surge.
He vowed to make no final judgments about the plan until he had received a definitive st
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