Top Iraq commander drafts plan for troop reduction

US officials said that Gen. George W. Casey Jr., the top commander in Iraq, has drafted a plan for drawing down the American presence by two combat brigades by late summer or early autumn. The New York Times said the officials, who were not identified, indicated the drawdown could involve the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 10th Mountain Division, which currently oversees a swath of west Baghdad, and the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division, which controls troublesome Diyala and Salahuddin provinces. Casey reportedly met with US President George W. Bush along with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Friday to outline his concept on force reductions.