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Iraq makes plans for quick U.S. pullout

Iraq's military is drawing up plans about any quick U.S. military pullout, the defense minister said Monday, as a senior American official warned that the Bush administration may reconsider US peresence support if Iraqi leaders don't do what US wants by f

Iraq makes plans for quick U.S. pullout
Iraq's military is drawing up plans about any quick U.S. military pullout, the defense minister said Monday, as a senior American official warned that the Bush administration may reconsider US peresence support if Iraqi leaders don't do what US wants by fall.

The U.S. official did not say what actions could be taken by the White House, but his comments reflected the administration's need to show results in Iraq — as an answer to pressure by the Democrats in Congress seeking to set timetables on the U.S. military presence.

Several mortar shells hit the U.S.-controlled Green Zone, one striking the Iraqi parliament building but causing no casualties.

At least 58 Iraqis were killed by attacks or found dead across Iraq, including seven people ambushed on a bus northeast of Baghdad, police said. The dead included 24 men whose bullet-riddled bodies were found across Baghdad.

British troops clashed with Muslim gunmen in the southern city of Basra. Britain's military said one British soldier and a civilian driver were killed when a supply convoy was attacked in the center of the city, Iraq's second biggest.

Elsewhere, U.S. troops raided safe houses south of Baghdad but failed to find three soldiers missing since a May 12 ambush that left four other Americans and an Iraqi dead.

"We've (identified) some safe houses and we targeted a couple of those today and they were able to slip away from us. But we're going to come at things from a different angle," a U.S. spokesman, Maj. Webster Wright, said without elaborating.

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