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PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2008 3:22 pm 
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[url=http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/20080523_petraeus_suggests_withdrawals/]Petraeus Suggests Withdrawals
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Gen. David Petraeus announced on Thursday the prospect of additional U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq beginning in the fall, a move that contradicts his recommendation last month to halt withdrawals due to security concerns. The turnaround suggests political motivations, as conditions in Iraq remain chaotic and the U.S. presidential race looms in the distance.

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[url=http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25626241/]Senate OKs promotion of Iraq commander
Gen. Petraeus confirmed on 95-2 vote

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The Senate has confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the top commander in the Middle East and Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno to replace Petraeus as the chief military officer in Iraq.

The Senate voted 95-2 in favor of Petraeus and 96-1 for Odierno.

Last year, Petraeus helped to tame growing opposition to the Iraq war in Congress by providing measured assessments of progress and warning that an exodus of U.S. troops would result in chaos. In the meantime, he advocated a buildup of some 30,000 troops in Baghdad and other hot spots, which eventually proved vital in tamping down violence.

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