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(From Guardian Unlimited)
US policy in Iraq is not working and George Bush should consider radical changes, according to a top-level panel backed by the president, it emerged today.
With the White House coming under increasing pressure over the carnage in Iraq, the recommendations from the bipartisan 10-member panel, led by former secretary of state James Baker, could provide political cover for Mr Bush, should he decide to change course.
Two options under consideration would involve withdrawing American troops in phases, and bringing Iraq's neighbours, Iran and Syria, into a joint effort to stop the fighting, the Los Angeles Times reported. …