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May 10, 2009

IRAQ WITHDRAWAL: SOMETHING YOU CAN HAVE FOR ALWAYS

NY Times- The top American general in Iraq said Friday that one-fifth of American combat troops would stay behind in Iraqi cities even after the June 30 deadline that the United States and Iraq had set for the departure.

The estimate by Gen. Ray Odierno, at a Pentagon briefing, was the most specific yet for the extension of American combat operations in Baghdad and Mosul. American combat troops have largely moved out of most other urban areas in Iraq, General Odierno said.

The general declined several times to put an actual number on the combat troops who would remain in Baghdad and Mosul after June 30 because, he said, he did not know the precise number of troops there now. The 134,000 American troops in Iraq include 14 combat brigades. Those brigades number about 50,000 to 70,000 troops.

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