US Senate panel rejects Iraq plan
BBC NEWS | Americas | US Senate panel rejects Iraq plan:
A US Senate committee has rejected President Bush's plan to send extra troops to Iraq, passing the measure to a full Senate vote likely next week.
The Democratic-controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee dismissed Mr Bush's policy as "not in the national interest" in a 12-9 vote.
It comes a day after the president gave his State of the Union address asking Congress to give it "a chance to work".
Both votes are non-binding but may put pressure on Mr Bush to reconsider.
The resolution opposes Mr Bush's plan to send 21,500 additional troops to Iraq, the majority of them to violence-hit Baghdad in an effort to improve security and end sectarian clashes. (more)