Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Congress Bans Funding for Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Sept. 26 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The U.S. Congress this week finalized legislation that bars funding to construct permanent military bases in Iraq and states definitively that it is the policy of the United States government not to exercise control over Iraq's petroleum resources.

"The perception that the U.S. military plans to stay in Iraq indefinitely has fueled the insurgency and undermined the stability of the Iraqi government," said Ruth Flower, legislative director for the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). "This legislation is an important first step in changing the failed U.S. policy in Iraq."


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