Britain to cut troops in Iraq to 2,500 in 2008

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October 8, 2007 19:26

Britain will withdraw nearly half its troops in Iraq beginning next spring, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Monday, leaving a contingent of 2,500 soldiers in the highly unpopular war. Brown told lawmakers the plan follows the success of the US surge in troop numbers this summer and efforts by Iraqis to drive suspected Al-Qaida militants from havens in Anbar province, west of Baghdad. Brown said decisions on further cuts will be made once the reduction to 2,500 is complete, rejecting a call from opposition lawmakers to set a timetable to withdraw all forces. "We plan from next spring, to reduce force numbers in southern Iraq to a figure of 2,500," Brown said in a statement to Parliament.


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