Petraeus Returns for More Questions Tuesday

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CAPITOL HILL (AP) - The top American commander in Iraq returns to Capitol Hill Tuesday to explain his assessment on Iraq.

General David Petraeus goes before two Senate panels, whose members include five presidential candidates from both parties

Monday, as he outlined plans to bring up to 30,000 troops home from Iraq by next summer, Petraeus said U.S. military goals have in large part been met, and the Iraqi military is stepping up.

Most House Democrats who quizzed Petraeus said they preferred a swifter withdrawal than what the general is planning.

New York Congressman Gary Ackerman asked: "how much more blood should we invest?"

Congressional Democrats who want to set a firm deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. forces lack the votes to get that passed.