|Negotiations had stalled a month ago largely over the Bush administration 's refusal to specify an intention to withdraw troops. While the current version does not specify any exact date, officials said, President Bush 's recent acknowledgment that withdrawal was an "aspirational goal " has revived the talks and pushed them closer to completion.
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