March 8th, 2009
09:00 AM ET
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Military says 12,000 troops to withdraw from Iraq

12,000 troops to leave Iraq by fall, the military said Sunday.
12,000 troops to leave Iraq by fall, the military said Sunday.

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An additional 4,000 British troops will also be withdrawn from Iraq.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.


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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Max

    From one war to the next. Obama is the great deception.

    March 8, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  2. Jayden,FL

    why are you guys thanking George W Bush? its this douche that started this war in Iraq that led to the economic mess we're in now! that man dont deserve any thanks IMHO!

    I hope President Barack Obama end this war fast and safely as possible! 12000 is a start

    March 8, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Dhologram

    Any that unfortunately translates to mean an extra 12,000 unemployed in an already shaky homeland economy...

    March 8, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Had It

    I'll bet there are 12,000 happy families hearing this right now. Let's get ALL our people out of the mid-east as soon as possible.

    They have been warring with each other for thousands of years, and it won't stop with the defeat of one or two of them.

    We've lost more souls in Iraq than we lost 9/11. It's time to end the nonsense.

    March 8, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. fella from chicago

    Thank God for President's Bush "surge" policy otherwise Obama would have duplicated our failure in Viet Nam; a withdrawal without victory. I pray the seed of democracy in Irag was sown and took root so our sons and daughters, mothers and fathers didn't die for naught.

    March 8, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. Larry

    This is going to help the economy ,when we bring the war home,there will be lots more to do here .Why travel?

    March 8, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  7. German,Irish American

    Anyone notice how the suicide bombings have slowly increased in Iraq since we announced a set timetable for withdrawl? 32 killed in one attack yesterday. Now Obama encourages the Taliban by saying our military is losing the war in Afganistan before the 17,000 new troops are even deployed. Sound familar from a past surge? Now he is crawling to the Taliban wanting to negotiate. Wake up sheeple, Obama is the most dangerous threat to America. Not because he is unpatriotic, but because he lacks the experience, common sense and mental toughness it takes to lead this country.

    March 8, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  8. Had It

    Fella – the surge (so to speak) was actually the R government ordering the military to pay our enemies to quit fighting. Gee – wonder where all OUR tax dollars went?

    March 8, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. oldsoldierboy

    To the repukelickants trying to thank Bush for the surge. The surge was the result of Bush not putting enough troops on the ground from the beginning as his generals were telling him to do and as Bush himself stated before the surge "Mistakes were made and I take responsibility for those mistakes". As soon as he realized that we weren't being greeted as liberators he should of sent additional troops in (early 2004). Instead it tooks generals begging him to listen to them before he finally acted. Therefore, he gets no credit.

    March 8, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. Griff............... on The Truth...

    You don't want the truth. You want praise for your Idiot. But when your Country is invaded again this year... You were warned.

    March 8, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. JOHN IN LOS ANGELES

    WE NEED TO END ALL WARS, ASAP.

    WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR HOMELAND HERE, RATHER THAN GOING AFTER TERRORISTS IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

    WE ARE NOT THE WORLD POLICE.

    GOING AFTER TERRORISTS IN OTHER COUNTRIES IS MORE COSTLY AND PUTS OUR TROOPS TO HARMS WAY.

    TERRORISTS DON’T ATTACK US FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, THEY COME HERE, INFILTRATE AND ATTACK US.

    THEREFORE WE SHOULD STOP INFILTRATION, RATHER THAN GOING AFTER THEM IN OTHER COUNTRIES.

    >>>>>>> DOES IT MAKE SENSE WHAT I SAY,
    >>>>>>> DO YOU GUYS HERE AGREE WITH ME ??????? >>>>>>>

    March 8, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. survivor

    I am positive Obama is listening to Generals advice in both Iraq and Afghnistan. Bush under advisement went into these countries right or wrong the damage done we need to disentangle as soon as practical these wars are and will bleed us dry and more importantly we are losing American lives! We must work with our allies and use what ever power we have to insure diplomacy is used to its fullest extent. I believe that Obama is the right person at the right time and we need to back our president as citizens – give him a chance to heal this country and others involved many have lost loved ones world wide,

    March 8, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
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