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U.S. military commanders meeting in Baghdad on July 5 (AFP)
July 6, 2007 -- Another senior member of George W. Bush's Republican Party has abandoned the U.S. president's policy on Iraq.
Senator Pete Domenici (Republican, New Mexico) said on July 5 that he wants to end combat operations and U.S. troops to leave Iraq by spring.
"We need a new strategy for Iraq that forces the Iraqi government to do more, or else," Domenici told reporters.
The longtime senator is the latest of several allies to abandon Bush on Iraq, including Senators Richard Lugar (Indiana), George Voinovich (Ohio), and John Warner (Virginia). Warner is expected to propose a new Iraq approach this month.
Meanwhile, a top U.S. military commander warned today that an early withdrawal of troops from Iraq would leave the country "a mess."
Major General Rick Lynch, commander of coalition forces in central Iraq, linked progress in the fight against insurgents to the deployment of additional troops to Iraq over the past four months.