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2006-06-22 10:45:43

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday defeated a plan pushed by a group of Democrats calling for withdrawing U.S. combat forces from Iraq by next July. The Republican-controlled Senate rejected that measure 86-13, and was set to vote on another plan more broadly backed by Democrats to start the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq this year, but without setting a deadline for completion.

2006-06-19 17:48:59

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats presented two plans for winding down U.S. involvement in Iraq on Monday, one to pull out U.S. combat forces by July 2007 and another to begin withdrawing this year without a deadline for completion. With an election looming in November, Republicans branded the two plans as defeatist and evidence of Democratic disarray. The Senate was to debate the amendments on Tuesday in the annual defense policies bill. "Three and a half years...

2006-06-15 19:15:16

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Thursday rebuffed a call to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq this year as both chambers of Congress engaged in high-stakes election-year debates over the unpopular war. On the day the U.S. military death toll in Iraq reached 2,500, Senate Republicans moved to renounce calls for a quick withdrawal from the conflict by forcing a vote on an amendment from Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry to pull out of Iraq by year's end. The...

2006-06-15 18:30:10

By Vicki Allen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate on Thursday rebuffed a call to withdraw U.S. forces from Iraq this year as both chambers of Congress engaged in high-stakes election-year debates over the unpopular war. On the day the U.S. military death toll in Iraq reached 2,500, Senate Republicans moved to renounce calls for a quick withdrawal from the conflict by forcing a vote on an amendment from Massachusetts Democrat John Kerry to pull out of Iraq by year's end. The...

2006-06-14 10:22:20

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans should expect steady progress in Iraq but it would be unrealistic to hope for "zero violence" any time soon, President George W. Bush said on Wednesday, the day after his trip to Baghdad to meet the new Iraqi government. Bush, facing sagging public support for the Iraq war, was also cautious about prospects for reducing the some 130,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, reiterating his stance that U.S. troops can only start coming home as the...

2006-06-14 10:14:43

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans should expect steady progress in Iraq but it would be unrealistic to hope for "zero violence" any time soon, President George W. Bush said on Wednesday, the day after his trip to Baghdad to meet the new Iraqi government. Bush, facing sagging public support for the Iraq war, was also cautious about prospects for reducing the some 130,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, reiterating his stance that U.S. troops can only start coming home as the...

2006-06-13 13:25:02

By Patricia Wilson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary Rodham Clinton was heckled, John Kerry got multiple standing ovations and the Democratic rift over the way forward in Iraq was on full display at a conference of liberal activists on Tuesday. With the war looming over congressional elections in November as well as the 2008 presidential campaign, the two Democratic senators and possible White House contenders took opposing positions on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Shouts...

2006-06-11 10:44:37

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commander of U.S. troops in Iraq on Sunday predicted a gradual reduction of American forces in the country if the new Iraqi unity government held together and the Iraqi army improved. Army Gen. George Casey said a growing number of Iraqi army units were capable of leading the battle against the insurgency with U.S. logistical support and he expected almost all of them to develop this capability by the end of this year. "As long as the Iraqi security forces...

2006-06-09 15:59:23

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans killed a provision in an Iraq war funding bill that would have put the United States on record against the permanent basing of U.S. military facilities in that country, a lawmaker and congressional aides said on Friday. The $94.5 billion emergency spending bill, which includes $65.8 billion to continue waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, is expected to be approved by Congress next week and sent to President George W....

2006-03-22 15:16:03

By Steve Holland WHEELING, West Virginia (Reuters) - President George W. Bush urged Iraqi leaders on Wednesday to settle differences and form a unity government and for Iraqi troops to get ready to defend their country, in a reflection of U.S. impatience. Bush attempted to rally flagging American support for the Iraq war in a speech at the ornate Capitol Music Hall. Wednesday was the fifth consecutive day he has spoken in public about the increasingly unpopular conflict, which began...


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