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August 14, 2007

Valdosta - Congressman Jack Kingston says progress is being made in Iraq but internal struggles are keeping troops from coming home.

The 1st District Republican recently made his third visit to Iraq.

He says he saw better cooperation between Iraqis and the US military, more technology being used and businesses growing .

But he says with Shiites and Sunnis still fighting, there's a lot of work to do.

Kingston says the international community must put pressure on the new Iraqi government to work together and move toward democracy.  "Its a little like asking America in 1870 to pass civil rights legislation. They just had a war and they don't quite know yet how to cooperate with each other and that's the difficulty we are having right now."

Kingston says from a military standpoint, he wants to withdraw American troops but at a pace where no gains will be lost.

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