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2430House passes bill to withdraw troops from Iraq

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  • Greg Cannon
    Jul 12, 2007
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      House passes bill to withdraw troops from Iraq

      13 minutes ago

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defying a White House veto
      threat, the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday
      approved legislation to bring combat troops out of
      Iraq by April 1, 2008.

      By a vote of 223-201, the Democratic-controlled House
      approved the legislation in the hope it will pressure
      the Senate to attach a similar mandatory troop
      withdrawal timetable to a military policy bill it is

      Passage of the House bill marked the third time this
      year it has voted for timetables to end the U.S.
      involvement in the war that is now in its fifth year.
      Two previous efforts either died in the Senate or were
      vetoed by President George W. Bush.

      The measure that passed on Thursday would tell the
      Pentagon to begin withdrawing combat troops within
      four months and complete the redeployment by April 1.

      Under the bill, an unspecified number of U.S. soldiers
      would stay in Iraq to train Iraqi soldiers, conduct
      counter-terrorism operations and protect U.S. diplomats.