Bush Marks Anniversary With Troops

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - President Bush has been meeting with the
families of US troops killed in Iraq as he marks the second anniversary of the fall of Baghdad.

At the sprawling Fort Hood Army base, not far from his Texas ranch, the president spent more than three hours in a private session with 33 base families.

A spokesman says in all, 146 soldiers from Fort Hood have died
in Iraq.

Earlier, addressing some 25,000 cheering troops, Bush said the seizure of Baghdad two years ago last Saturday ranks with the fall of the Berlin Wall as "one of the great moments in the history of liberty".

The visit brought to an end seven days of travel that began with his trip to Rome for Pope John Paul's funeral and included a ranch weekend and a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.