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US Senate advances bill to repeal Iraq war authorizations

The procedural vote in the US Senate coincides with the approaching 20th anniversary of the Iraq invasion.
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WASHINGTON — The US Senate voted Wednesday to advance bipartisan legislation that would scrap a pair of decades-old Iraq war authorizations that gave US presidents open-ended justification for the use of military force in Iraq. 

The effort comes nearly 20 years after the United States launched its “shock and awe” invasion of Iraq to overthrow the country’s dictator, Saddam Hussein.

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