Collins Drafts Proposal To Halt U.S. Combat Missions In Iraq
WASHINGTON -- Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has teamed up with a Democratic colleague in drafting legislation to force a halt to U.S. combat missions in Iraq.
Collins and Ben Nelson of Nebraska said their binding amendment to the defense policy bill would order the U.S. mission to focus on training the Iraqi security forces, targeting al-Qaida members and protecting Iraq's borders.
The Maine senator said her goal is "to redefine the mission and set the stage for a significant but gradual drawdown of our troops next year."
GOP support for the war has eroded steadily since President George W. Bush's decision in January to send 30,000 additional troops to Iraq.
Meanwhile, a U.S. official said a progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has failed to meet any of its targets for political and economic reform.
(Ed. I DOUBT IT. THAT'S WHAT AP CLAIMS, TRYING TO DRIVE THE STORY. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE REPORT WILL SAY.)
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