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A leading Democratic congressman Wednesday challenged the top U.S. general in Iraq to explain why the United States should keep large numbers of troops in that country.

"We and the American people must ask: Why should we stay in Iraq in large numbers?" Rep. Ike Skelton, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, demanded as Gen. David Petraeus began testifying.

"I hope you can also explain the next strategy," Skelton asked asked. "The counterinsurgency strategy worked tactically, but the surge forces are going home. Political reconciliation hasn't happened, and violence has leveled off and may be creeping back." Read full article »

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