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Iraqi PM Balks at 'Timetable' for Quelling Violence

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Iraqi PM Balks at 'Timetable' for Quelling Violence

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Iraqi PM Balks at 'Timetable' for Quelling Violence

Iraqi PM Balks at 'Timetable' for Quelling Violence

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Five more U.S. troops were killed on Thursday, making October one of the deadliest months yet for U.S. military forces in Iraq.

President Bush has called for a series of "benchmarks" for the Iraqi government — but Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has reportedly rejected imposing deadlines for Iraq to curb sectarian violence.

Iraqi National Security Advisor Dr. Mowaffak al Rubaie talks with Alex Chadwick about the conflict over timetables and benchmarks, and al-Maliki's response.

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