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Senate Panel to Set Hearings on Iraq Insurgency, Shortages

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold hearings on the Iraq war when the new Congress convenes next month, including an examination of criticism that the Defense Department failed to prepare for the insurgency and went into action with a shortage of armor for trucks and Humvees, the panel’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Carl M. Levin (Mich.), said yesterday. Levin, speaking from Belgium in a conference call with reporters, was returning with Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), the committee’s chairman, from a round of talks in Baghdad with U.S. military leaders, and criticized the administration’s “poor planning and rosy scenarios” it relied on before the invasion. Full Story

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