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Bush met with anger, anti-U.S. protests

AMMAN, Jordan, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush's visit to Jordan was met with large protests, reflecting growing anti-U.S. sentiment over Washington's policies in the Middle East.

Thousands of demonstrators belonging to 14 opposition groups led by the Islamic Action Front, the political arm of Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood, staged street demonstrations hours before Bush's scheduled arrival in Amman slamming the American president as a "terrorist and killer of children."

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Protesters accused the Bush administration of outright bias for Israel against the Palestinians and blamed it for daily massacres sweeping Iraq.

"Bush you're a war criminal ... You and your army leave Iraq," read a banner hoisted by protesters.

Bush's two-day visit during which he will hold talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is expected to usher in a new U.S. strategy in the country Washington invaded three years ago to introduce democracy which instead turned to chaos, pushing Iraq to the verge of a sectarian strife.

Observers say Bush is expected to express to Maliki Washington's mounting impatience with his government's failure to stem sectarian violence and assume control of security.

Violence in Baghdad has reached records highs in the past months since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.

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Both Bush and Maliki are under growing pressures to quell rampant insecurity and chaos. Maliki needs to accelerate the turnover of security responsibility to Iraqi forces to allow Bush to begin withdrawal of more than 140,000 troops in Iraq.

The Republican Party's defeat in midterm elections and growing U.S. military casualties in Iraq amid an unprecedented slide in security have made Washington's patience run even more thin with Maliki's government.

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