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Rumsfeld makes surprise visit to Iraq, urges timely completion of constitution

[JURIST] On a surprise visit to Iraq Wednesday, US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] told reporters, "Now's the time to get on with it," regarding the impending August 15 deadline for submitting a new Iraq constitution [JURIST news archive] for an October vote. Rumsfeld also warned that delays in the constitutional process would be "very harmful to the momentum that is necessary" [AFP report] to deflate the insurgency. Reuters has more.

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