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US Senate Debates Proposals on Iraq Withdrawal Strategy


The U.S. Senate has begun debate on two proposals calling on President Bush to establish a strategy that will lead to the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.

The proposals, introduced by both Democrats and Republicans, call for Mr. Bush to inform Congress and the American people every three months how he plans to achieve the successful completion of the U.S. mission in Iraq.

But the two sides disagree on whether to set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. forces.

Democrats want the administration to give estimated dates on withdrawal, as long as certain conditions are met, while Republicans say setting any timetable would embolden the terrorists.

Votes on the proposals are expected Tuesday.