House Bill Bars Permanent Bases in Iraq

The House overwhelmingly approved legislation yesterday that would bar the establishment of permanent military bases in Iraq or use federal dollars to exercise control over Iraqi oil resources.

The measure, passed 399 to 24, was part of a barrage of Iraq bills scheduled for this month and designed to raise pressure on Republicans to break with President Bush on the war.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/25/AR2007072501996.html?nav=rss_world/mideast/iraq

UNITED STATES REJECTS HIGHER LEVEL NEGOTIATIONS WITH IRAN

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Xinhua) — The United States rejected on Wednesday Iran’s proposal to have higher-level talks between the two countries over Iraq’s security situation.

“I don’t see that happening at this point of time,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters.

“We have an established channel with (U.S. Ambassador to Iraq) Ryan Crocker and we are taking a look at the suggestion to establish a subcommittee of that group which would actually be lower level, technically oriented officials.”

McCormack made the remarks a day after U.S. and Iranian ambassadors to Baghdad held a landmark second meeting on Iraqi security.

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