Gates wants ”faster progress” in Iraq as blast kills at least 11

Published April 19th, 2007 - 02:19 GMT

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates was in Iraq Thursday to warn Iraqi leaders that the American commitment to a military buildup in that country is not open-ended.

 

According to the AP, Gates said the political debate in Washington over financing the military presence in Iraq indicates that both the American public and the Bush administration are running out of patience with the war.

 

"I would like to see faster progress," he said.

 

Gates flew by helicopter to Fallujah for a briefing by Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, and Gen. Peter Pace, the Joint Chiefs chairman.  He also met with Iraqi political leaders.

 

Meanwhile, police said a suicide car bomber rammed into a fuel truck in central Baghdad only hours before Gates' arrival, killing at least 11 people.

 

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