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Edwards: Congress should use all tools to demand troop withdrawal


MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) -- Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards says Congress should continue to push for troop withdrawal from Iraq regardless of what comes from a military progress report next month.

The former North Carolina senator started the last day of his four-day bus tour of New Hampshire outside Manchester's City Hall. He told several hundred people that they should ask themselves two key questions when the report is released. First is has Iraq made progress toward a political solution? And second, how long will troops be deployed if there's no progress?

Edwards has said if he were president, he would remove about 50,000 American troops immediately, with the rest redeployed over about nine months.

Meanwhile, Iraq's beleaguered prime minister lashed out at Democrats who have called for his ouster, saying they should, in his words, come to their senses.

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