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Bipartisan Senate Groups Faults Troop Surge in Iraq


A bipartisan group of U.S. senators has introduced a resolution urging President Bush to drop his plan to use 20-thousand additional troops to end sectarian violence in Iraq.

Republican John Warner, a senior member of the president's party, says that the Iraqi military must be given the primary task of ending Sunni/Shiite strife.

Speaking with fellow supporters of the bill, Warner added that U.S. troops lack the language skills and cultural knowledge to react to what he called the "wanton and incomprehensible killing" sparked by the sectarian divide.

Fellow Republican Susan Collins added that previous surges in U.S. troops levels have not been successful, and that the solution can only be reached politically.

The Democratic sponsor, Senator Ben Nelson, said the resolution sends "a strong message" to the White House.

Senator Warner added that the resolution should be non-binding, with no threat to cut off funding for the war. But he urged the president to look at other options.

Another bipartisan group of senators, Republican Chuck Hagel and Democrats Joseph Biden and Carl Levin announced a similar proposal last week.

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