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12/23/05-Fallujah, Iraq

Rumsfield: Bush OKs Troop Reduction In Iraq

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says President Bush has authorized a draw down in the number of U-S troops in Iraq. He's not saying how many will remain, but it will be less than the 138,000 that has prevailed most of the year.

Rumsfeld made the announcement today in Fallujah. The Pentagon says U-S troop strength in Iraq could be cut by as much as 7,000. Two army brigades that had been scheduled for combat tours, one from Fort Riley, Kansas, the other now in Kuwait, will no longer deploy to Iraq.

That will reduce the number of combat brigades in Iraq from 17 to 15. Rumsfeld aides said details are to be provided later at the Pentagon.

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