03/28/2008 02:43 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Rumsfeld: US Cutting 7,000 Soldiers From Iraq Early Next Year...

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today that the number of U.S. combat troops in Iraq would be reduced by two brigades early next year, a move that would cut U.S. forces there by about 7,000 troops.

The "adjustment," as Rumsfeld called it, would leave between 129,000 and 131,000 troops in the country, down from a baseline of 138,000. That baseline number was temporarily augmented for Iraq's election by another 12,000 troops, but defense officials had already said those troops would be withdrawn after the voting.

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