Bush: Terrorists in Iraq are 'on the run,' troop reductions probable

President George W. Bush declared progress in the Iraq war Thursday, saying terrorists "are on the run" and a generally improved security environment should permit further US troop reductions. Standing on the Colonnade outside the Oval Office of the White House, Bush also announced that effective Thursday, the duration of troop tours in Iraq would be cut from 15 months to 12 months. Bush said this reduction "will relieve the burden on our forces and it will make life easier for our wonderful military families."