US House rejects call to leave Afghanistan in 2011

By REUTERS
March 17, 2011 23:56




WASHINGTON - The US House of Representatives on Thursday rejected a call for all US forces to leave Afghanistan this year, endorsing more time for US President Barack Obama's surge strategy to work despite waning public support for the war.

Ninety-three lawmakers, most of them Democrats, voted for the pullout resolution that was written by mavericks in both parties, while 321 voted against it. Only eight members of the House Republican majority, which has generally backed Obama's strategy on Afghanistan, voted for the withdrawal.

But the vote showed an increase in sentiment for a quick pullout over a year ago, when a similar resolution got just 65 votes in the House. US public support has waned for the nine-year-old war against Taliban insurgents.


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