US house votes Iraq pullout

The US House of Representatives has voted in favour of pulling most combat troops out of Iraq by April 2008, defying the threat of a presidential veto.

US house votes Iraq pullout
The US House of Representatives has voted in favour of pulling most combat troops out of Iraq by April 2008, defying the threat of a presidential veto.

The move came hours after the Bush administration conceded that an interim assessment showed the Iraqi government was making only limited progress on military and political issues.

The Democrat-controlled house approved the troop withdrawal measure, 223 in favour to 201 against.

The legislation would require combat troops to begin pulling out within 120 days, with a full withdrawal completed by April 1, 2008.

The measure says only a limited residual force would remain to train Iraqi troops, protect US assets and fight al-Qaeda and other groups.

Earlier George Bush, who has ruled out any immediate shift in policy, sought to defend his troop "surge" strategy in Iraq, saying he would wait until a fuller report is delivered by the head of US forces there in September.

"I believe we can succeed in Iraq, and I know we must,"' Bush said at a White House news conference at which he stressed the interim nature of the report.

The much-anticipated assessment released on Thursday said that the security situation in Iraq remained "complex and extremely challenging", and that the level of violence had "undermined efforts to achieve political reconciliation".

"Amid such violence, it became significantly harder for Iraqi leaders to make the difficult compromises necessary to foster reconciliation," it added.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Temmuz 2007, 12:42
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