BAGHDAD (AP) – Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld paid a surprise visit to Iraq over the weekend and said American forces should not quit the war until the enemy is defeated.

Just days after a U.S. bipartisan commission called the situation here “grave and deteriorating” and called for a major shift in U.S. government policy, Rumsfeld showed no sign on Saturday of backing down from his long-standing position that insurgent groups such as al-Qaida in Iraq must be crushed.

Rumsfeld, whose tenure at the Pentagon came under criticism in the Iraq Study Group report, was continuing to meet with U.S. troops in Iraq yesterday, the military said.

At least 2,930 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003.

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