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January 12, 2007 3:00 AM

Murtha will press for closure of Guantanamo

Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., chairman of the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee, said Friday that he intends to force the closure of the scandal-plagued Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay military prisons and curb U.S. engagement in Iraq. Murtha said Congress shouldnt provide funds for sending more soldiers overseas until the Bush administration takes those steps and others, including restoring the Armys ability to respond to other crises by increasing troop strength of the strategic reserve those forces able to deploy urgently anywhere.

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