US diluting Iraq surge, general says

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The military mastermind of President George W Bush's new troop "surge" strategy for Iraq has hit out at signs that the Pentagon is watering down the proposal for political reasons. Ret. Gen. Jack Keane expressed his alarm after Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, told congressmen that the troop build-up was expected to last "a matter of months" - rather than the 18 months proposed by Gen Keane.

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