Anti-war Democrats in the US Senate lost a bid to use Congress's power of the purse to compel President George W. Bush to withdraw most combat troops from Iraq by March 31, 2008.
But defiant Bush opponents, smarting Wednesday from again failing to handcuff Bush on war strategy, vowed to step up a battle of attrition in the hope of ending a four-year entanglement which polls show, most Americans now oppose.
The latest burst of acrimony between Congress and the White House on Iraq, also drew new battle lines for a tough round of compromise talks, also involving the House of Representatives, on a new war funding budget next week.
"Our resolutions have not passed, but they will pass, I don't know how many more bodies will come home, how many more injured soldiers there will be," said Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin.
The Democratic measure, overwhelmingly knocked down by 67 votes to 29, would have required troop redeployments to start within 120 days of the bill becoming law, and would have choked war financing when complete.
The White House said the Senate made clear it opposed the timetables for withdrawal which Bush has always vowed to reject.
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