Thursday, June 15, 2006
Prime Minister NOURI MALIKI
"I saw first-hand the strength of his character and his deep determination to succeed," Mr Bush told reporters.
He also announced details of tough new measures in Baghdad in an effort to win back control of the city's streets.
Some 40,000 Iraqi and US troops were put on the streets just after dawn as part of a crackdown ordered by Mr Maliki.
He said the trip had banished any doubts about the new government's "will to go forward".
Mr Bush described the new prime minister's agenda and cabinet as "impressive".
The new security measures will be the strictest imposed on Baghdad since the US-led invasion in 2003.
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