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Congressional battle over Iraq war intensifies

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The battle between the Bush administration and Democrats on Capitol Hill on financing the war in Iraq moves up a gear today with a vote in the House of Representatives. The Democrats are expected to back a motion opposing plans to send more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq.

It is not binding but Democrat House Speaker has declined to rule out legislation that would force the President’s hand. He has urged Congress not to undermine his new Iraq strategy. The Senate is also due to stage a rare Saturday debate on the issue.

A new poll shows support for the war in the US is continuing to fall with 53 percent of Americans now wanting their troops home.