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Rumsfeld Announces U. S. Troop Reduction in Iraq

Old 12-23-05, 09:23 AM
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Rumsfeld Announces U. S. Troop Reduction in Iraq

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FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Friday the number of U.S. combat troops in Iraq would be cut by some 7,000 by early next year, but the number involved in training Iraq's new military would increase.

Rumsfeld, the second senior U.S. official to visit Iraq this week in the wake of last week's election, said progress in Iraq's politics, economics and security lay behind the decision to scale back the combat troops.

"President Bush has authorized an adjustment in U.S. combat brigades in Iraq from 17 to 15," Rumsfeld said, addressing several hundred U.S. troops at a military camp east of Falluja.

"This will include increases in the number of U.S. forces involved in transition teams, intelligence support, and logistics, to assist the Iraqi security forces in continuing to assume greater responsibility for the security of their country."

The reduction will put U.S. troop levels at below the 138,000 that have been maintained through most of the past year.

"The adjustment being announced today is a recognition of the Iraqi people's progress in assuming added responsibility for their country," Rumsfeld said, adding that the U.S. and Iraqi governments would continue to evaluate the troop situation in the coming months.

Some troops from the two brigades affected would be transferred from combat to training Iraqis, he said.

U.S. Democrats have been pressing the Bush administration to lay out plans for a withdrawal.
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Old 12-23-05, 11:04 AM
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I agree this looks good up front and we've seen this coming for some time now.

Let's hope we look back on this in a year and see it as a positive step forward rather than a step back.

In any case, it seems like the right move at this point.
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Mid-term elections = Iraqi people are amazingly getting their act together.

Presidential ratings = Iraqi people are amazingly getting their act together.

I have to think about my political future = Iraqi people are amazingly getting their act together.
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