A new appraisal that Al-Qaeda is back in business fueled an angry Democratic clamor for President George W. Bush to end the war in Iraq and focus on eliminating Osama bin Laden's resurgent network.
After a rare all-night debate, Senate Republicans on Wednesday were expected to prevent a vote on a Democratic measure that would require U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq by next spring.
Frustrated by Republican efforts to block votes on bringing American combat troops home from Iraq, Senate Democratic leaders rolled out sleeping cots Tuesday for an all-night debate on the war.
The U.S. Senate continued debating the Iraq war in a rare session that was expected to run into Wednesday, when a showdown vote was set on a Democratic plan to withdraw combat troops by April 2008.
Democrats steered the Senate through an attention-grabbing, all-night session Tuesday to dramatize opposition to the Iraq war but conceded they were unlikely to gain the votes needed to advance troop withdrawal legislation blocked by Republicans.
A measure that would withdraw most U.S. combat troops out of Iraq by April could fail in the Senate Wednesday even if a majority of lawmakers vote for it.
The United States and Iran will hold a second round of critical talks on the future of Iraq in the next 10 days, possibly as early as Saturday, according to U.S. and Middle Eastern officials. The initiative comes despite mounting tensions between the two nations on such issues as Iran's nuclear...
Assassinations and car bombs killed at least 39 people in Iraq on Tuesday and details emerged of a massacre of Shiite civilians in Diyala Province on Monday.
Democrats steered the Senate into an attention-grabbing, all-night Senate session Tuesday to dramatize opposition to the Iraq war but conceded they were unlikely to gain the votes needed to advance troop withdrawal legislation blocked by Republicans.
Democrats rolled out cots and ordered pizzas as they settled in for a marathon Senate debate on Iraq last night that featured numerous speeches but little chance of getting any closer to resolving the stalemate over how to end the war.