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US Sens. Kerry, Brown split on Iraq pullout plan

October 21, 2011

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BOSTON—U.S. Sen. John Kerry is welcoming President Obama's announcement that all troops in Iraq will be home by year's end, but Sen. Scott Brown said he's skeptical of the decision, which he called premature.

Obama said Friday that America's long and unpopular war in Iraq will be over and the remaining U.S. forces -- nearly 40,000 in number -- will be home for the holidays.

Kerry, a Democrat, said U.S. troops have served with honor and skill and the action being taken by Obama fulfills an agreement with an Iraqi government that wants to shape its own future.

Brown said the pullout is rushed.

The Massachusetts Republican said he's worried that a premature withdrawal of all U.S. troops could exacerbate Iraq's shortcomings and promote further instability there.