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12-26-2005, 06:02 AM
26 Dec. Washington Times - Top General Anticipates Cut in Troops (http://www.washtimes.com/national/20051225-115324-5469r.htm).

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff yesterday said the Bush administration predicts positive developments in Iraq in 2006 that will allow U.S. troops to vacate territory and turn counterinsurgency missions over to local forces.

The remarks by Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace suggested there will be more announced troop reductions in the new year as a follow-up to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's announcement Friday that Army brigades in Iraq will dip from 17 to 15, or by about 7,000 soldiers.

"So if things go the way we expect them to, as more Iraqi units stand up, we'll be able to bring our troops down and turn over that territory to the Iraqis," Gen. Pace said on "Fox News Sunday."