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Iraq

The headline from the Washington Times: "New British leader backs Bush on Iraq." From the article: "British Prime Minister Gordon Brown yesterday strongly backed the U.S.-led war in Iraq and said the global war against terror looms as a 'generation-long battle.'" But the New York Daily News' take on Brown's visit with Bush is that he "signaled his intent to pull his 5,500 troops from Iraq." The paper also writes that Brown believes "Afghanistan is the front where the war on terror is being fought."

The New York Times: "The two leaders showed none of the warmth and coziness that Mr. Bush had shared with Mr. Brown's predecessor, Tony Blair, a closeness that contributed to Mr. Blair's political tumble at home. But Mr. Brown offered bullish comments on Britain's relationship with the United States. On Iraq, Mr. Brown said any future British decision to reduce troops and cede control of a sector to the Iraqis 'will be made on the military advice of our commanders on the ground.'"

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn said yesterday that a "strongly positive report" on progress in Iraq by Army Gen. David Petraeus would split the House Democratic caucus. "Clyburn noted that Petraeus carries significant weight among the 47 members of the Blue Dog caucus in the House, a group of moderate to conservative Democrats. Without their support, he said, Democratic leaders would find it virtually impossible to pass legislation setting a timetable for withdrawal."