Rumsfeld on troop reduction
Today's announcement from Donald Rumsfeld confirms the exclusive given here at pray4iraq, that the US will indeed scale down their troop levels. Rumsfeld cited 2 brigades were to be drawn down, and with each brigade consisting of around 4,000 soldiers, this is consistent with the figure of 7000 given yesterday.
the only contentious issue is the timing, which the Financial Times reports as being early next year, and yesterday's report put the draw down as taking place by the years end. However it remains to be seen whether Rumsfeld is witholding some information, for security reasons.