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Friday, January 26, 2007
Senate approves Petraeus as Iraq coalition commander
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- On a vote of 81-0, the Senate on Friday approved the nomination of Lt. Gen. David Petraeus to become coalition commander in Iraq

Petraeus was not watching the vote. He was at the White House for a meeting with President Bush, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bush was scheduled to make a statement at the end of the Oval Office meeting.

On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services committee voted 25-0 to approve
Petraeus' nomination.
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