White House: Iraq progress report could be Sept 11

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE Mon Aug 20, 2007 1:51pm EDT

U.S. military commander in Iraq General David Petraeus gestures during a news conference in Baghdad March 8, 2007. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and Petraeus will likely testify to Congress about progress in the war on September 11 or September 12, the White House said on Monday. REUTERS/Chris Hondros/Pool

U.S. military commander in Iraq General David Petraeus gestures during a news conference in Baghdad March 8, 2007. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and Petraeus will likely testify to Congress about progress in the war on September 11 or September 12, the White House said on Monday.

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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, will likely testify to Congress about progress in the war on September 11 or September 12, the White House said on Monday.

White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe, speaking on Air Force One headed with President George W. Bush to a summit in Canada, said the hearing date was not related to the anniversary of the 2001 attacks.

The September progress report is seen in Washington as a pivotal milestone in assessing whether the Pentagon's so-called surge strategy has worked. That strategy has aimed to establish enough security to allow Iraqi politicians to move toward reconciliation.

The report was due on September 15, a Saturday. Johndroe said congressional schedules would likely dictate a September 11 or September 12 hearing date.

(Additional reporting by Kristin Roberts)

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