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An additional 4,000 British troops will also be withdrawn from Iraq.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

    Nice effort,but we need to hurry up things,when will the other units be pulling out?

    March 8, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Bayousara

    Let's git 'er done!

    March 8, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. susie

    Thanks for the surge that Bush put in place, in order for this reduction to take place.

    March 8, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. Buckeye

    too bad this was not a typo and the real figure was 120,000

    March 8, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  5. George

    At last A President that does the Right thing. I see great things for America for at last the next 8 years. More friends , more jobs, more trade deals and a better future.

    March 8, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. jay

    The streets of America are terrorized by drugs. When are we as a nation of people going to demand more resources allocated toward nation defense of this country and its borders. We criminalize the victims of drug terrorism, we send troops to other countries to overthrow their leaders but we will not stop drugs from coming into this country. We can fly to the moon, we cant stop coke and heroin from coming into the country. i smell a tax free market.

    March 8, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Finally

    Good..America can not afford this war.....

    March 8, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  8. shannon

    when you say most troops, are you kidding. Leaving 50,000 troops behind is a travesty, and it does not fit with what you promised during the campaign. Of course nothing you have said during the campaign has happened so this is no suprise. Change seems to be a big joke.

    March 8, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. arnie

    You mean we shouldn't have been there in the first place. Over 4,000 young men and women lost their lives over a big lie. I think we fail to acknowledge that truth. If the surge was suppose to reduce the troops why wait until PBO take office to reduce the level of troops. Stop the madness!

    March 8, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. Now is the time..

    It would be a mistake shannon to strip out all of the troops at once. Because we had a presence over there, we have to maintain some sort of presence over there until they can be removed "responsibly." And that's what Obama promised when he was campaigning.. to end the war "responsibly." So why are you expecting him to do otherwise??

    March 8, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. pete

    Thanks Bush, you made this possible. Thanks for not buckling under to the democratic and Obama pressure.

    March 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. JK Ashburn, VA

    And Obama will take credit for this even though it had been part of the planned troop draw down by Bush.

    March 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  13. meh

    shannon> Are you for real? He's done a LOT of things that he promised on the campaign trail and he's only been in office a month and a half!

    March 8, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  14. chris ludlow

    i think its about time we started realizing, and appreciating, that our men and women carried out an extremely difficult mission...AND WON. its also time we start to ask what the situation would of been like had we NOT deposed Saddam. everybody wanted to go after the terrorist after 9/11. reid, pelosi, clinton...everyone except kucinich and a select few. so what would the last 7 years had been like if we only would of carried the fight to Afghanistan? its easy folks. weapons, recruits, and money not just flowing through iran...but iraq as well. and a hell of a lot more than 4,000+ American dead. the russians lost more than 17,000 in Afghanistan. dont think for a second it couldn't of happend to us. victory in iraq and afghanistan means isolation of iran...and the 'behind' closed doors appreciation of the entire middle east. saddam is gone and EVERY nation from dubai to yemen to syria thanks God. but again i ask you. what would things be like now if Hussein still ruled iraq?

    thank you President Bush. and thanks to everyone who has served our nation during this time of war. victory is yours.

    March 8, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Troops are being removed from one war only to be re-deployed to another war. Our Troops should not be used as the world's police force.

    March 8, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. kyra

    I am proud of President Obama, at least he is making an effort to withdrawal the troops from Iraq. Who knows how long they would have stayed if McCain had won.

    March 8, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  17. A Real American

    Bring our kids home and let's get to work rebuilding America from the shambles left to us courtesy of W and the Republicans.

    March 8, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  18. goggle earth girl

    I love surges,they are so exciting.Wonder if I can make money if I promise not be fight?

    March 8, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. alvino

    Chris Ludlow-

    Are you for real?

    March 8, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    For all you arm chair generals to pull our forces and equipment out safely it will take time but since most of you have never had a uniform on in your life you would not know. Once we start something we need to finish it right ! This is a great example of the instant gradification mentality of Americans who have no patience.

    March 8, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. cnnnewser

    Bring all our troops home.

    March 8, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Matt

    People need to start shifting their idea of victory in IRAQ, victory in IRAQ now means a seemless transition to the government of Iraq controling and commanding it's own fight against Al Qaeda in Iraq and providing the basic and essential services their people need. Specifically the Sunni Muslim's who occupy the minority in Northern Iraq. If they don't Al Qaeda in Iraq will resurfice due to the government only taking care of the Shia majority.

    March 8, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. Keith in Austin

    Barry needs our boys to come home so he can fund his pork-laden stimulous plan. Terrorism will likely flourish now!

    March 8, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. oldsoldierboy

    Thank god President Obama has a viable war exit strategy. Which is what Bush bragged that he would always have during the 2000 debates w/Gore. Bush also claimed that he didn't believe in nation building. What a joke he turned out to be.

    March 8, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. Seattle Sue

    Chris Ludlow+++++++What exactly did we win in Iraq? Please explain.

    March 8, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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