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Cheney drums victory in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The United States is determined to win a full victory in Iraq, Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday.

Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan would be an inspiration for democratic reformers in other lands and would demonstrate the power of freedom to change societies, Cheney said in a speech to the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Then freedom would spread to other countries and a threat would be removed from the future, he said.

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"The United States will keep our commitment," Cheney said. "We will continue the work of reconstruction; our forces will keep going after the terrorists; we will continue training the Iraqi military so that Iraqis can eventually take the lead in their country's security and our men and women can come home."

The Iraqi forces continue to improve and gain experience and capability, Cheney said. "Day after day, month after month, the Iraqis have proven their determination to live in freedom, be in charge of their own destiny and to defend their country," he said.

"We will engage these enemies to total victory, and with the American military in the fight, that victory is certain," he said.

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