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Asked about comments by a US general which suggested that troops might be out of Iraq by 2008, the PMOS said that there were all sorts of possible scenarios. The important thing, as John Reid had made clear, was that it was conditional. The conditions were based, first and foremost on the quality and quantity of Iraq troops and how well they could cope with the security situation. They were based on the view of the Iraqi government, which was at the moment that we should stay, and it was based on the situation on the ground. All of those were important factors which had to be taken into account. There was no strict timetable, what there was was a process by which we judge the progress that we were making.

Asked about the recent Norman Keber video that had been released, the PMOS said that the Foreign Office had issued a statement and we fully associated ourselves with that statement.

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