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Brownback says troop increase not the answer
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, a likely contender for the 2008 GOP nomination, said Wednesday the U.S. should not increase troop levels in Iraq until the sectarian violence declines.

"I do not believe that sending more troops to Iraq is the answer," Brownback said in a statement.

Brownback, currently traveling in the Middle East, met with top Iraqi leaders earlier in the week.

"I came away from these meetings convinced that the United States should not increase its involvement until Sunnis and Shi'a are more willing to cooperate with each other instead of shooting at each other," Brownback said.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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