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Report: U.S. Abandons Plans To Keep Troops In Iraq Past Year End

By Ali Gharib  

"Report: U.S. Abandons Plans To Keep Troops In Iraq Past Year End"

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U.S. government and military officials are sending hints that the U.S. will withdraw all its troops from Iraq by the end of 2011 in accordance with an agreement signed by the Bush administration in 2008. Earlier this week, the Iraqis rejected immunity for U.S. troops or trainers. Today, the AP reports that an administration official in Washington and a military official confirmed that the U.S. was abandoning plans to take all but about 160 Embassy protection troops out of the country where the U.S. has fought a war since 2003. The military official said the withdrawal plan would allow for future training missions upon request.

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