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Bush praises 3rd Infantry Division

'It's time for others to join us' in Iraq

President Bush waves after offering a tribute to the soldiers of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division during a visit to Fort Stewart, Georgia, on Friday.
President Bush waves after offering a tribute to the soldiers of the Army's 3rd Infantry Division during a visit to Fort Stewart, Georgia, on Friday.

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FORT STEWART, Georgia (CNN) -- President Bush Friday visited the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division in Fort Stewart, Georgia, to praise the troops who fought and assert "It's time for others to join us" in Iraq.

The division, which has deployed 16,000 troops in Iraq, has lost 40 members, more than any other division.

In a speech to the soldiers and their families, the president said: "This base and all of you serving here are critical to the defense of the United States.

"You have shown that once again, by enduring a long deployment and performing brilliantly every day under difficult and dangerous circumstances, that you're worthy of the task and you're worthy of our trust." .

Bush said that Secretary of State Colin Powell will be in Geneva, Switzerland, this weekend to consult friends, allies and U.N. officials in an attempt to gain more help from other countries.

"It's time for others to join us," Bush said, noting that Powell will "carry a message: No free nation can be neutral in the fight between civilization and chaos."

Bush also reiterated that he will ask Congress for $87 billion for security and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan, and vowed to ensure U.S. forces in both countries are given the resources they need. "We in government have a solemn responsibility to give you every tool you need to achieve victory," he said.

Senior White House Correspondent John King contributed to this report.


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