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9-24-03

Bush, Schroeder mend fences

 U.S. President George W. Bush and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said Wednesday that they had agreed to work together on Iraq and Afghanistan.

The two leaders met for the first time in 16 months, after relations between the two countries were strained by the dispute leading up to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Schroeder was a vocal critic of the U.S. policy.

"Our differences are over," Bush told reporters after the meeting.

Bush met Tuesday with French President Jacques Chirac, after their speeches to the U.N. General Assembly. 

Senior U.S. officials said Bush and Chirac still disagreed over the timeline for turning control of Iraq to Iraqi leaders, but said Chirac said he would "not stand in the way" of a new U.N. resolution that would expand a multinational force in Iraq.

Baghdad poll: Ousting Saddam 'worth it'

Almost two-thirds of Baghdad residents polled said they believed ousting Saddam Hussein was worth the hardships they have suffered in the months since the fall of the Iraqi capital, according to a new Gallup poll.

A Gallup research team conducted face-to-face interviews in the homes of 1,178 randomly selected Baghdad residents between August 28th and September 4th. CNN was not involved in the survey.

Gallup did not question residents outside of Baghdad.

When asked if they thought removing Saddam was worth it, 62 percent of respondents said yes, while 30 percent said no. Sixty-seven percent thought Iraq would be better off in five years and 8 percent thought the country would be worse off.

But only 33 percent of respondents thought Iraq was better off now than before the U.S.-led invasion -- of those, 4 percent answered much better off and 29 percent said somewhat better off -- compared with 47 percent who said Iraq was worse off -- of those, 32 percent believed the country was somewhat worse off and 15 percent said it was much worse off.

An overwhelming majority of Baghdad residents --94 percent -- said the country was a more dangerous place since the invasion and 5 percent said it was safer.

Bus passenger killed in roadside bombing

An explosive device meant for a U.S. military vehicle hit two Iraqi commuter buses Wednesday morning, killing a 17-year-old passenger and wounding at least 12 others, according to Iraqi police and hospital officials.

Five of the wounded were in critical condition, officials said.

The device is believed to have been a "daisy chain" -- a series of connected explosives -- placed in the median of the road.

Both small commuter buses -- traveling near a military Humvee, believed to be the intended target -- were severely damaged, and the explosion ripped through the front left side of one of the buses.

The armored Humvee sustained minor damage, and no U.S. soldiers were injured.

The attack happened near Anter Square in northern Baghdad, outside the Al Hariri Girls' School and near the Indian Embassy.

Less than a mile away, insurgents late Tuesday attacked a joint walking patrol, injuring three U.S. soldiers and three Iraqi police officers, a coalition official told CNN. Details of that attack were not immediately available.

In an overnight raid near Tikrit, U.S. forces detained 21 men for questioning in a village near the site of a deadly ambush last week, U.S. military officials said. They seized a number of Kalashnikovs, ammunition, military documents and military insignias.

Three soldiers from the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division were killed and two others were wounded when they were ambushed by small arms fire.

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