President Bush Speaks To National Guard

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - President Bush says however difficult the fight in Iraq is, "we must win it."

The president delivered a Fourth of July speech today to members of the West Virginia Air National Guard. He told them he admires the valor of America's fighting men and women, and he said now is no time to leave Iraq.

Bush said Americans must support their troops and the Iraqi government, adding "we must defeat al-Qaida in Iraq."

The president defended the US led invasion in Iraq to a friendly audience that cheered his mentions of the toppling of Saddam Hussein and the troop buildup.

About two-thousand people, including members and their families, were invited to the event.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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