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Ga. senators back war plan

WASHINGTON - Georgia's two Republican senators said Tuesday that bolstering U.S. force levels in Iraq has paid off and threw their support behind Gen. David Petraeus' request for more time in the war.

'I think they have done exactly what they were tasked to do,' said Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Moultrie. 'They're saying they need additional time, and I think they ought to have additional time.'

Chambliss and Sen. Johnny Isakson affirmed their war positions as Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, told two Senate committees that they have made significant progress since President Bush decided to send 30,000 additional troops into the war.

Several other Republican senators voiced doubts that the conflict can be resolved militarily, posing skeptical questions to Petraeus and Crocker. But Chambliss and Isakson - continuing their steadfast support for the war since it began in March 2003 - expressed optimism that things are turning around.