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N.C. Democratic Congressmen Call For Iraq Troop Withdrawal

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RALEIGH, N.C. — On the same day the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq reached 2,000, U.S. Reps. David Price and Brad Miller submitted a resolution to the U.S. House of Representatives that urges the Bush administration to lay out a clear plan for reducing troop levels.

Price, a longtime critic of the war, said he wanted to see a plan from the administration on the war and that the resolution was aimed to show the U.S. does not plan to be permanently in Iraq.

Miller said withdrawal should begin shortly after Iraq's parliamentary elections, which are slated for Dec. 15.

In June, Republican Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr. joined two Democratic congressmen and another Republican House member and introduced a resolution calling on Bush to announce by year's end a plan for withdrawal. The Price-Miller resolution also calls for the U.S. -- with help from NATO -- to speed up training for Iraqi soldiers and to eventually transfer U.S. bases to Iraqi forces.

Miller said he does not expect the resolution to pass in the Republican-controlled Congress, but he said it should raise awareness.

"Lawmakers like me and David are increasingly frustrated with the lack of direction," Miller said.

In North Carolina, 41 troops have died in the war, some of whom were stationed at Fort Bragg.

Some veterans say it is time to bring the military home., but others believe the troops need to stay.

"(They've got to) finish the job. They've got to finish what they started," said Vietnam War veteran Frank Orians. "Otherwise, we're going to see it here in the U.S."

Another reason Orians said troops needed to stay was also because of those who already gave their lives for the war.

"In their memory and what they've done for us and what they've given up in their families, it's important that we continue to do what we've been doing," Orians said.

While military families in Fort Bragg said they worry about their loved ones, many told WRAL that they want to see the war to completion, but that they knew it would take patience and lives.


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