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Washington Clash Over Troops Seen As Likely

WASHINGTON (AP) - We'll find out next week whether members of
Congress will be willing to go along with the Bush administration's
revised thinking that April should be the new September when it
comes to pulling troops out of Iraq.

Earlier in the year, President Bush urged Congress to wait until
this month to decide whether the troop buildup he ordered last
winter was working. Lawmakers beat back Democratic attempts to
start winding down the war earlier by making September a kind of
deadline for substantial progress. Several prominent Republicans
who expressed concerns about Iraq strategy agreed to wait.

But now members of the administration and war commanders are
recommending no change in strategy before next spring. Officials
tell The Associated Press Bush is not likely to order anything
other than a symbolic troop reduction before the end of the year.

Bush himself used a stop in Iraq Monday to point to progress in
making Iraq safer.


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