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2006-08-09 07:25:48

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sixty percent of Americans oppose the U.S. war in Iraq and a majority would support a partial withdrawal of troops by year's end, a CNN poll said on Wednesday. It was the CNN poll's highest number opposing the war since fighting began in March 2003, a figure that has risen steadily since then, according to the Opinion Research Corp. survey conducted last week on behalf of the cable network. The poll showed 36 percent of respondents said they were in favor of...

2006-08-06 11:25:26

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a frequent Republican critic of President George W. Bush's Iraq policy, said on Sunday it was irresponsible and wrong to send more U.S. troops to Baghdad. Speaking on the CBS show "Face the Nation," Hagel said pouring more U.S. troops into Baghdad would not reverse the rising tide of sectarian killing there. "Where we go from here ... is a cold, hard assessment that Iraq is not going to turn out the way we were promised it would, and...

2006-08-04 15:46:37

By Patricia Wilson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After struggling for months to patch over differences on Iraq, U.S. Democrats now say they are more unified than ever and feel confident they can convert public discontent with the war into votes later this year. With control of the U.S. Congress at stake in November 7 elections, many in the Democratic Party see President George W. Bush's handling of the war and a "sense of chaos" in the Middle East as their ticket to reclaiming the Senate...

2006-08-03 10:01:43

By Kristin Roberts and Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld warned on Thursday against pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq prematurely, saying it would be seen as a victory by extremists who want to control a region extending beyond the Middle East. "If we left Iraq prematurely as the terrorists demand, the enemy would tell us to leave Afghanistan and then withdraw from the Middle East," he told the Senate Armed Services Committee at a hearing. "And if we...

2006-08-03 09:34:32

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Central Command on Thursday said sectarian violence in Baghdad was as bad as he has ever seen and could lead to a civil war. "Sectarian violence probably is as bad as I've seen it, in Baghdad in particular," Army Gen. John Abizaid told the Senate Armed Services Committee. "If not stopped, it is possible that Iraq could move toward civil war."

2006-07-31 17:42:16

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trying to patch over their differences before November elections, top congressional Democrats urged President George W. Bush on Monday to start pulling U.S. troops from Iraq this year but did not specify a time frame for completing the withdrawal. Democrats, who have split over whether to demand a deadline for troop withdrawal, were seeking to present a united front on the war that has eroded Bush's popularity and may hurt Republicans in...

2006-07-12 05:39:05

By Kristin Roberts BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in Baghdad on Wednesday for an unannounced visit to U.S. commanders, said security in Iraq now depends as much on the Iraqi government's political success as on beating the insurgency militarily. Rumsfeld arrived in Iraq the day after suicide bombers killed 16 people outside the main entrance of the heavily fortified Green Zone government compound, where he was due to hold his meetings. That attack coincided...

2006-07-12 03:17:59

By Kristin Roberts and Ross Colvin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld flew into Baghdad on Wednesday for security talks with Iraqi leaders as worsening sectarian violence has renewed fears of all-out civil war. Shortly after he arrived, a suicide bomber walked into a restaurant in eastern Baghdad and blew himself up, killing seven people and wounding 20, police said. Earlier gunmen seized 12 drivers from a bus station in Miqdadiya, north of Baghdad. U.S....

2006-06-26 11:21:47

By Tabassum Zakaria WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House confirmed on Monday that the top U.S. military commander in Iraq has drafted a plan for U.S. troop cuts there, but said the plan was just one option. President George W. Bush said he had met with Gen. George Casey, but reiterated that any decision on troop reductions would be based on the situation on the ground in Iraq, where a violent insurgency persists. "But in terms of our troop presence there, that decision will be...

2006-06-26 10:08:09

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Monday he had met with the top U.S. commander in Iraq, who has drafted a plan for troop withdrawal, but said any decision on troop reductions would be based on conditions on the ground. "In terms of our troop presence there, that decision will be made by General (George) Casey as well as the sovereign government of Iraq based upon conditions on the ground," Bush said. Any recommendation by Casey would be "aimed toward achieving...

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