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House OKs Withdrawal Timetable

Mandatory timetable giving Pentagon 120 days to start redeployment and setting April deadline passes 223-201
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2007 5:20 PM CDT
U.S. soldiers of the 2nd brigade, 23rd Infantry regiment search a house during a joint U.S and Iraqi forces operation in Rasheed neighborhood in southern of Baghdad, Iraq, early Tuesday, June 19,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The House voted late today to require the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq to begin within 120 days as part of legislation that sets an April 1 deadline for complete redeployment. The 223-201 vote, a largely symbolic move given that Senate support isn't sufficient to override a filibuster, went largely along party lines.

Four Republicans and 10 Democrats crossed party lines in passing the House's third attempt of the year to set a timetable for withdrawal. The legislation calls for an undetermined number of troops to remain in the country for security purposes and to continue training the Iraqi army, Reuters reports. (Read more House of Representatives stories.)