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Senators preparing war on terror resolution

From Dana Bash

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Democratic and Republican Senate leaders are preparing a joint resolution to show support for the war against terrorism, according to a draft copy of the resolution obtained by CNN.

The move comes less than a week after Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, caused a stir by questioning the direction of the war effort in Afghanistan. He was criticized by some Republicans for his remarks.

"The Senate stands united with the president in the ongoing effort to destroy al Qaeda," states a draft of the resolution, referring to the terrorist network headed by Osama bin Laden.

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A congressional source said the language of the draft could be amplified further before the resolution reaches the Senate floor.

Daschle told reporters last week he believed that if the war ended without the United States finding bin Laden, other leaders of al Qaeda and Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, the mission will have failed.

The joint resolution, which could come before the Senate as early as Wednesday, will be proposed by both Daschle and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott, R-Mississippi.

It also expresses "the gratitude of the nation" to U.S. Armed Forces participating in Operation Enduring Freedom and "expresses condolences to the families of the brave American service personnel who have lost their lives defending America in the war against terrorism."




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