US to withdraw 12,000 troops from Iraq by SeptemberMarch 8th, 2009 - 9:42 pm ICT by IANS
Baghdad, March 8 (Xinhua) The US military announced Sunday it would withdraw 12,000 of its combat troops from Iraq by September end this year.
US military spokesman Maj. Gen. David Perkins made the announcement at a joint press conference here with Ali al-Dabbagh, the spokesman of the Iraqi government.
The pullout of the combat troops comes as the US military is turning over more facilities to the Iraqi troops. Perkins said the US combat troops would be reduced from 14 brigades to 12 brigades.
US President Barrack Obama Friday announced a plan to withdraw majority of the US troops from Iraq by August 2010. Currently, around 140,000 US troops are stationed in Iraq.
Dabbagh said Washington and Baghdad have agreed to pull out 12,000 US troops from Iraq in the next six months.
He added that 4,000 British troops would also pull out from Iraq by July 2009. On Jan 1, the British military handed over the control of Basra airport to the Iraqi authorities.
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