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Delay Decision on Major Cuts, General Petraeus Says
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The top American commander in Iraq, Gen. David H. Petraeus, has recommended that decisions on the contentious issue of reducing the main body of the American troops in Iraq be put off for six months, American officials said Sunday.
General Petraeus, whose long-awaited testimony before Congress is to begin today at about 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, has informed President Bush that troop cuts may begin in mid-December, with the withdrawal of one of the 20 American combat brigades in Iraq, about 4,000 troops. By August 2008, the American force in Iraq would be down to 15 combat brigades, the force level before Mr. Bush's troop reinforcement plan.
The precise timing of such reductions, which would leave about 130,000 troops in Iraq, could vary, depending on conditions in the country. But the general has also said that it is too soon to present recommendations on reducing American forces below that level because the situation in Iraq is in flux. He has suggested that he wait until March to outline proposals on that question.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki echoed those sentiments in a speech in the Iraqi parliament today, saying that while security in Iraq has improved, the country needs more time for its forces to be in a position to take responsibility for the nation's security.
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Has General Petraeus' testimony before Congress convinced or changed your mind, that success is at hand in Iraq?
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2657 days ago
Not a bit. We are in for the long term, with no significant change. We're misleading the country into believing that this can be resolved.
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2632 days ago
We will win this war - the surge is working.
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