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Police secure the site of a car bombing in Baghdad on September 4 (epa) September 5, 2006 -- Leading opposition Democratic Party lawmakers from both houses of the U.S. Congress have made a joint call for U.S. President George W. Bush to dismiss Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.


Democratic Party criticism of Rumsfeld has escalated since he last week appeared to compare critics of the Bush administration's Iraq policy to politicians who tried to appease the Nazis in the run-up to World War II.


In a letter released September 4, the leaders of the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives and the Senate urged Bush to start the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq before the end of this year.


The letter called for a change of U.S. strategy, including replacing Rumsfeld at the Pentagon, to give U.S. troops and the Iraqi people a better chance of success.


(AP, AFP)

The International Coalition In Iraq
Georgian soldiers marking Georgian Independence Day in Baghdad on June 6 (epa)

COALITION MEMBERS: In addition to the United States, 28 countries are Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) contributors as of May 31, 2006: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Georgia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Fiji is participating as part of the UN mission in Iraq. Hungary, Iceland, Slovenia, and Turkey are NATO countries supporting Iraqi stability operations but are not part of MNF-I.

NON-U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL IN IRAQ: United Kingdom, 8,000 as of May 26, 2006; South Korea, 3,237 as of May 9, 2006; Italy, 2,900 as of April 27, 2006; Poland, 900 as of May 30, 2006; Australia, 900 as of March 28, 2006; Georgia, 900 as of March 24, 2006; Romania, 860 as of April 27, 2006; Japan, 600 as of May 30, 2006; Denmark, 530 as of May 23, 2006; All others, 1,140.

(Source: The Washington-based Brooking Institution’s Iraq Index of June 15, 2006)


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