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Senate backs $91.3 billion Iraq, Afghan war bill

A resident looks at U.S. soldiers patrolling in the town of Jalawla, during a joint military operation with the Iraqi army in Diyala province, 115 km (70 miles) northeast of Baghdad May 17, 2009. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a $91.3 billion measure sought by President Barack Obama to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The measure meets some of Obama’s key priorities but leaves out funding to close the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

It must now be reconciled with a $96.7 billion version that was approved by the House of Representatives. That will likely happen over the next few weeks.

Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky, editing by Chris Wilson