May 31st, 2010
05:51 PM ET
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U.S. on track in Iraq, Casey says

Washington (CNN) – The drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq remains on track, and the military will meet the troop level benchmark laid out by President Obama, according to the Army Chief of Staff.

In an interview with CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, Gen. George Casey said the military is slated to reduce troop levels to 50,000 by the end of August.

"[I]t's something we've been working on with the leadership in Iraq for more than 18 months. We have been gradually moving the extra equipment and things out. There's a great plan in place and we're executing that plan right now," Casey said on CNN's John King, USA.

The U.S. now has more troops in Afghanistan than Iraq for the first time since 2003.

When asked about the need for additional resources in Afghanistan - beyond the 30,000 additional troops scheduled to be deployed there - Casey said the number should be sufficient.

"I've heard no discussion of additional troops beyond the 30,000. We, the chiefs, looked at that and General [Stanley] McChrystal has looked at that and we all believe that that will be sufficient for him to accomplish him mission."

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  1. mark1welch

    I hope so

    May 31, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Robert Wooller

    I thought we were going to get the troops out by last year at the latest. How wrong I was. What a waste. All that money spent on a country when it could have been used to pay off this massive deficit.

    May 31, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Iraq is falling into civil war......

    and Obama wants to pull out......that means the whole Iraq war will have been in vain....great decision by the community organizer turned commander in chief....

    May 31, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    How about down to Z-E-R-O !!!!!!!

    We STILL have no business in Iraq!

    May 31, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  5. ehwilson429

    Casey was fired and given a desk job for incompetence.

    May 31, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Slick William

    Hey, what's gonna happen when all of our servicemen come home and there aren't any jobs for them? I'm guessing with the course our present leaders (sic) are taking us, we will either:

    1) send them directly to Afghanistan
    2) send them directly to South Korea
    3) send them directly to Iran
    4) send them directly to Arizona!

    May 31, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |