US to cut troop levels in Iraq this month

November 5, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Spurred on by a continued decline in violence, the U.S. military will reduce its presence in Iraq to 14 combat brigades this month -- at least two months earlier than originally planned. Military officials say two brigades from the 101st Airborne Division will leave Iraq this month, and only one will be replaced. Initially the 3rd Brigade, 101st Division, was scheduled to leave this month, and the 2nd Brigade, 101st Division, was set to leave by February.

On Wednesday, however, the military announced that the 2nd Brigade will instead return to its Fort Campbell, Ky., home base this month, after serving for 13 months, rather than the expected 15.



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