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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
GOP Sen. Coleman on troop surge: 'I just don't believe this makes sense'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman Wednesday said he opposes President Bush's plan to increase U.S. troops in Iraq.

"My consultations with both military and Iraqi political leaders confirm that an increase of troops in areas plagued by sectarian violence will not solve the problem of sectarian hatred." Coleman said during a speech on the Senate floor. "A troop surge in Baghdad would put more American troops at risk to address a problem that is not a military problem. It would put more American soldiers in the cross hairs of sectarian violence and create more targets -- I just don't believe this makes sense."

President Bush is set to call for between 21,000 to 24,000 additional troops in a prime-time address to the nation Wednesday night.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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