US 'to Speed up Iraq Withdrawal'
The US military commander in Iraq is
set to announce that the US will withdraw 4,000 of its soldiers from
the country by the end of October.
General Ray Odierno is due to tell the House of Representatives
Armed Services Committee on Wednesday that the US is speeding up its
military withdrawal to complete it by September 2010.
In an advance copy of his address, Odierno said: "We have
approximately 124,000 troops and 11 Combat Teams operating in Iraq
today. By the end of October, I believe we will be down to 120,000