BAGHDAD (CNN) – Some 12,000 troops will be pulled from Iraq over the next six months as part of a gradual troop withdrawal in the region, the U.S. military said in a statement Sunday.
Two brigade combat teams and their support units will redeploy without replacement, reducing the number of combat teams in Iraq from 14 to 12, the statement said.
An additional 4,000 British troops will also be withdrawn from Iraq.
The reduction of Coalition forces come a result of "an increased level of security and stability" that the country has achieved over the past year, according to the military statement.
"The time and conditions are right for Coalition forces to reduce the number of troops in Iraq," Gen. Ray Odierno said in the statement.
President Barack Obama announced last month the United States' plan to withdraw most of its troops from Iraq by August 2010.