US Announces 12,000 U.S. Troops To Leave Iraq

The U.S. military has announced that 12,000 American and 4,000 British troops will leave Iraq by September.

U.S. Army soldiers from Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment pray before heading out on patrol in Baqouba, , 35 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, Iraq on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

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 draw down.

President Barack Obama has decided to remove all combat troops 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.


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