Rice to Iraq: U.S. is losing patience

Published February 18, 2007

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Iraqi government leaders Saturday that the contentious debate in Washington over President Bush's war strategy reflects U.S. doubts that democracy will prevail over violence.

"Some of the debate in Washington is in fact indicative of the concerns that some of the American people have... if the Iraqi government doesn't do what it has said it will do," Rice said she told leaders from all of Iraq's factions during the visit.

"The United States is investing a great deal, most especially the lives of our men and women in uniform, and the American people want to see results and aren't prepared to wait forever to see those results," Rice said.

Also Saturday

VIOLENCE: Twin bombers struck in the northern oil city of Kirkuk, killing at least 11 people and injuring 65, police Brig. Gen. Sarhat Qader said. In Ramadi, U.S. aircraft killed eight insurgents.

SECURITY: Iraqi Brig. Gen. Qassim Moussawi told reporters that "crimes and terrorist attacks" had dropped by 80 percent since a campaign to restore order in the capital began Wednesday. Police said the bodies of five apparent victims of sectarian death squads were found in the capital - in contrast to the scores that were found daily in the weeks before.

U.S. DEATH: The U.S. military said a Marine was killed Friday in Anbar province, which includes Ramadi.

IN COURT: Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Pennington, 22, was sentenced to eight years in the brig and a possible dishonorable discharge in connection with the killing of an unarmed Iraqi man last year in Hamandiya.