Troop Draw-down Begins

The success of the surge, so far, has enabled the first of a series of troop reductions in Iraq that are scheduled to continue into the summer:

The current total of 20 combat brigades is shrinking to 19 as the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, operating in volatile Diyala province, leaves. The U.S. command in Baghdad announced on Saturday that the brigade had begun heading home to Fort Hood, Texas, and that its battle space will be taken by another brigade already operating in Iraq.
Between January and July


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