US President George W. Bush marked the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq on Monday, which has stretched longer with higher costs than the White House ever expected. He planned to make a statement on the war.
The president also was to meet with his National Security Council on the war and hold a closed-circuit television conference call with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad.
Entering its fifth year, the war has claimed the lives of more than 3,200 members of the US military and tens of thousands of Iraqis.
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