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Onetime Iraq War Backer Calls for Troop Pullout

Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, Nov. 17.
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Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill, calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, Nov. 17.

Long-serving Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), known for his strong national security position, calls for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Iraq as soon as possible. Murtha, a mainstay on the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Defense, originally supported the war in Iraq. A Marine Corps veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, Murtha served in the reserves until he was 58.

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Andrea Seabrook covers Capitol Hill as NPR's Congressional Correspondent.