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3/19/2006 World News: US Defence Secretary Rumsfeld Warns Against Quick Iraq Pullout


Iraq: U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has warned against a quick U.S. pullout from Iraq, saying terrorists will take over the country.
In an opinion piece in "The Washington Post" newspaper (Sunday), Rumsfeld insisted such a withdrawal would be the modern equivalent of handing Germany back to the Nazis. He says there is every reason to believe Saddam loyalists and terrorists will fill the vacuum if U.S. forces leave Iraq.
Rumsfeld's comments came as anti-war protesters in several countries held demonstrations to mark the third annivesary of the U.S-led invasion of Iraq.

Iraq Protests: Hundreds of anti-war protesters have rallied for a second day in several Asian cities to mark the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Around 600 Malaysian activists took part in a peaceful rally today (Sunday) outside the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. They chanted "Stop the War" and demanded U.S.-led forces immediately withdraw from Iraq.
Hundreds of anti-war protesters also marched in Seoul and Tokyo to call for the pullout of South Korean and Japanese troops in Iraq.
On Saturday, British police said 15 thousand people gathered in London, chanting anti-war slogans and carrying posters critical of President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Pakistani police say at least seven people have been killed by a bomb that tore through a police van in northwestern Pakistan.
A local police chief (Dar Ali Khattak) says three policemen, three paramilitary soldiers and one passerby were killed in the blast today (Sunday) in Dera Ismail Khan. At least four people were wounded.
The official said a remote-controlled bomb exploded on the road as the police van passed during a routine patrol.

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