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54anickel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 04:22 PM
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Bush set to pull out 60,000 troops
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Growing political and public aversion to the war in Iraq is forcing the Presidents hand

PRESIDENT BUSH is planning a major pullout of US troops from Iraq amid rising opposition to the war on Capitol Hill and across America.

After a fortnight in which the political debate has rapidly moved from how to fight the war to how best to get out of Iraq, the White House is looking at reducing troop levels by at least 60,000 next year.

Confirming the worst fears of the wars conservative supporters, who argue that more troops are needed to defeat the insurgency, senior military officials made clear yesterday that the Bush Administrations goal is to cut troop levels from 160,000 to below 100,000 by the end of 2006.

Condoleezza Rice, the Secretary of State, far from denying the withdrawal plan first reported in The Washington Post, said that a gradual pullout of troops could begin fairly soon, and that the number of coalition troops is clearly going to come down.

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