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January 3, 2008

Albany -- Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia said he is very pleased with the progress being made in Iraq in the war on terrorism, but says he worries about reducing the number of United States troops in the region too soon.

Senator Chambliss told the Albany Rotary Club that his Thanksgiving visit to Iraq showed him the country is more secure and peaceful, and he praised the improvements of Iraqi security forces and Police.

But he said he is concerned about reducing the number of American forces in the region too soon, because that progress could be lost quickly.   Chambliss said "it will never be totally secure. That's a violent part of the world. It was before we got there and it will be when we leave. But I think we have an obligation now to make it as secure as we possibly can."

 Senator Chambliss has made six trips to Iraq. He is running for re-election to his second term in the U.S. Senate.

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