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Iraq's Vice-President
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Assessing President Bush's current strategy in Iraq.

Iraq's Vice-President talks to Stephen Sackur about the current Bush strategy in Iraq and his thoughts on the future of Iraq if the latest plan fails.

Essential to stabilise Iraq or a tragic mistake?

President Bush's new Iraq strategy is facing serious opposition from the United States Congress.

One senior Democrat called the plan unacceptable but some of the toughest criticism has come from Republicans.

But how has the plan been received in Baghdad?

Stephen Sackur asks the Iraqi Vice-President whether he thinks the new strategy will succeed.

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