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Students for Victory in Iraq depends on you, our members, to actively participate in the ongoing campaign to prevent an unwarranted withdrawal and defeat in Iraq. Together, we collectively take action to achieve our three objectives.

I. Encourage Congress to support the mission in Iraq

II. Educate the public about the importance of victory

III. Support members of the military, their families, and those of our allies

Below you will find the latest action items for each of these three objectives.

On March 23, the US House passed HR 1591, The U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, and the bill was subsequently passed by the US Senate on March 29. HR 1591 appropriates emergency funds for operations in Iraq, but ties this funding to a timetable for withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. According to the bill, all US forces must be out of the country by August 2008 at the latest. The President has promised to veto this bill when it comes to his desk. Congress is on spring break, and will not be able to vote on final passage of the conference report until they return on April 16, which is one day after the Pentagon says it will require funding in order to avoid cutbacks.

HR 1591 sets an arbitary timeline for withdrawal of American forces, and we encourage you to contact your Representative and Senators to ask them to vote to remove language calling for withdrawal from the HR 1591 conference report. You can find the contact information for your Representative here and the same information for your Senators here.

Celebrate the Fall of Saddam's Regime!

April 9th marks the four year anniversary of the end of Saddam Hussein's dictatorship in Iraq and the beginning of the process towards democracy. The Young America's Foundation has a number of excellent resources to use to mark this important date at your school, including downloadable and printable flyers about the truth in Iraq, opportunities to host relatively low cost speakers, and leaflets on the dangers of ignoring the threat of radical Islam. Find all of this information at YAF here.

Thank Our Allies

Despite claims that the United States 'went it alone' in Operation Iraqi Freedom, forty-eight nations formed the Multi-National Force-Iraq which liberated the country in 2003. We encourage our members this month to write letters of appreciation and thanks to the embassies of our allies for their support in the Global War on Terror. We cannot list all 47 allied nations in this space, so each month we will list an allied nation.

The month of April will focus on the Republic of Korea, which had 2,300 soldiers in Iraq as of February 2007. The embassy is located at:

Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United States of America 2320 Massachusetts Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20008

More information is available at http://www.koreaembassyusa.org/.

   
 
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