Wire: US Announces 12,000 US Troops to Leave Iraq
News in Balance:
WASHINGTON, March 8, 2009 -- The Associated Press Sunday morning reported that the U.S. military has announced that 12,000 American and 4,000 British troops will leave Iraq by September.
Maj. Gen. David Perkins says that will reduce U.S. combat power from 14 brigades to 12 brigades. He also said Sunday that the U.S. is turning over more facilities to the Iraqi military as part of the drawdown, AP said.
U.S. president Barack Obama has decided to remove combat troops from Iraq by the end of August 2010 with all troops gone by the end of 2011.
The 4,000 British troops due to leave are the last British soldiers in Iraq.
There are currently about 135,000 U.S. troops in Iraq.
This is a developing story.
More to follow.
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