US troop withdrawal Iraq

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  1. U.S. plans to announce cut in army combat tours from 15 months to 12
    By Lolita C. Baldor, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. administration plans to announce next week that soldiers' combat tours will be reduced from 15 months to 12 months in Iraq and Afghanistan beginning later this summer.

    A senior administration official says plans are to deploy soldiers for 12 months, then give them 12 months rest time at home.

    The move to shorter deployments has been pushed by Gen. George Casey, the army chief of staff, as a way to reduce the strain on troops battered by long and repeated tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    There are now 158,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, including 18 combat brigades - down from a peak of 20 brigades for much of the past year. By the end of July, military leaders have said those numbers would fall to 140,000 troops, including 15 combat brigades.

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    A step in the right direction I suppose.
     
  2. This isnt news! The 15 months was only ever going to be temporary to provide the troop numbers for last year's "surge".

    This simply represents a return to the pre-surge tour lengths.