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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler is calling for troop withdrawals from Iraq starting right away. But he says any policy change is unlikely until a new president takes office.
The central Kentucky Democrat says a troop surge has improved
conditions in Iraq, and says the Iraqi government should stand on its own.
Chandler made the comments to the Lexington Herald-Leader after
his first trip through Iraq over the weekend. He says he's increasingly concerned with the mounting cost of the U.S. occupation and reconstruction of Iraq.
Chandler says the U.S. needs to leave the Iraqis with as stable a situation as possible, but says it's time to start withdrawing troops.
Jon Larson is Chandler's Republican opponent in the upcoming 6th
District election. He is urging more patience with the Iraqi government and says that Chandler's suggestion sounds "extremely risky."
Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
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