|[Bush] backed the Iraqi Government's decision to "respond forcefully " to the spiralling violence by 'criminal elements' and Shia extremists in Basra. 'It was a very positive moment in the development of a sovereign nation that is willing to take on elements that believe they are beyond the law,' the President said.
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