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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

US House votes to bar permanent Iraq bases

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US House of Representatives on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to bar permanent US military bases in Iraq, in the latest bid by Democrats to trim White House options on the war.
Democratic congresswoman Barbara Lee, who wrote the bill, said it made clear the United States did not intend to keep an "open-ended" presence in Iraq and had no designs on the war-torn nation's oil riches.
"Putting Congress on record with this clear statement helps take the targets off our troops' backs and it support our goals of handing over responsibility for security and public safety to Iraqi forces," she said.
"We may disagree on many things about Iraq, but I hope we can agree that an endless occupation is not the answer," Lee said.


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