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PM considers cut in Basra troops

The prime minister has been told by advisers the number of British troops in southern Iraq could be cut by 2,000 by spring, the BBC has learned. It is thought British forces are likely to stay in Basra for up to two years. But Gordon Brown has been advised that once the focus of troops is largely on training and mentoring Iraqi forces, numbers could drop from 5,000 to 3,000. Full Story

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