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The Issue: Iraq War

The U.S. invaded Iraq five years ago to stop Iraq from using weapons of mass destruction. No such weapons were ever found, but the war continues. One million Iraqis and 4,100-plus U.S. troops have been killed. Here’s what the candidates say:

Barack Obama-Democratic Party
Remove most U.S. troops from Iraq by the year 2010; leave some troops to fight al Qaeda and to protect U.S. diplomats and U.S. citizens in Iraq
Keep U.S. troops in Iraq to establish a stable government; no withdrawal until al Qaeda in Iraq is defeated and a capable Iraqi security force is in place.
Keep U.S. troops in Iraq to establish a stable government; no withdrawal until al Qaeda in Iraq is defeated and a capable Iraqi security force is in place
Withdraw all U.S. troops, contractors and bases within six months; United Nations peacekeepers in Iraq; financial aid to help put Iraq back together
Withdraw all U.S. troops, contractors and bases within six months; United Nations peacekeepers in Iraq; financial aid to help put Iraq back together
Withdraw all U.S. forces immediately from Iraq, Afghanistan and all other foreign countries; voted against Iraq War and against all funding for it
Withdraw all U.S. forces immediately from Iraq, Afghanistan and all other foreign countries; voted against Iraq War and against all funding for it
Withdraw U.S. troops as soon as possible; believes the invasion and occupation of Iraq were mistakes
Withdraw U.S. troops as soon as possible; believes the invasion and occupation of Iraq were mistakes
Withdraw all U.S. troops, contractors and bases immediately; wants the U.S. to pay back the Iraqi people for the destruction it caused
Withdraw all U.S. troops, contractors and bases immediately; wants the U.S. to pay back the Iraqi people for the destruction it caused