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Former Iraqi Commander Backs Democratic Timetable

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Army lieutenant general who was the top
commander in Iraq shortly after the fall of Baghdad says he
supports legislation calling for most U.S. troops to come home
within a year.

Delivering the Democrats' weekly radio address, Ricardo Sanchez
supported a House bill put forward by Democrats, one that would pay
for combat operations while setting a goal of ending combat by
December of next year. The White House is threatening a veto, and
Republicans in the Senate have kept it from passing.

Sanchez says Iraqi leaders have been willing to ''make the hard
choices necessary to bring peace to their country.''

He says the ''courage and blood'' of U.S. troops has brought
about improvements in security.


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