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VOL. 36 | NO. 48 | Friday, November 30, 2012
Senate backs quick withdrawal from Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to accelerate the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan.
The 62-33 vote on Thursday reflected the nation's war-weariness after more than a decade of fighting.
Although the vote was for a nonbinding amendment to the defense bill, it sent a strong signal about the ongoing conflict. Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon sponsored the measure.
It also set the stage for a fight with the House, which passed a bill in May that calls for President Barack Obama to maintain a force of at least 68,000 troops through the end of 2014.
The House and Senate will have to reconcile their competing versions of the defense policy bill.