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Britain to Cut Iraq Forces by 10 Percent

Britain said Monday it will cut its forces in Iraq by 10 percent — a reduction of about 800 troops — by May because Iraqi security forces are becoming more capable of handling security. Defense Secretary John Reid said Britain’s commitment to the Iraqi people “remains total.” “Our commitment to the coalition remains certain,” Reid told the House of Commons. Britain had 46,000 military personnel in Iraq during combat operations in March and April 2003. That dropped to 18,000 in May 2004, and to 8,500 at the end of 2005. Full Story

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