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US hints at bigger Iraq pullout

October 1, 2018
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Defence Secretary Robert Gates hints that the US could withdraw thousands of extra troops from Iraq during 2008. (BBC News — 15 September, 2007)
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Iraq’s government has fulfilled only nine out of 18 benchmarks on governance and security, the US says. (BBC News — 15 September, 2007)
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US President George Bush is due to address the nation on his Iraq plans, likely to include a limited troop reduction. (BBC News — 14 September, 2007)
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US to withdraw 5700 troops by December, senior administrationofficial says. (The Age — 14 September, 2007)
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One day after President Bush announced a limited drawdown of U.S. troops from Iraq by next summer, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday that it might be possible to reduce U.S. forces there further over the course of next year, down to approximately 100,000 troops by the end of 2008. (Washington Post — 15 September, 2007)
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While “formidable challenges” remain in Iraq, President Bush said Saturday, the United States will start shifting more troops into support roles — in addition to the troop withdrawals announced earlier in the week. (CNN — 16 September, 2007)
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President Bush tried to turn a corner in the fractious debate over Iraq last night by ordering the first limited troop withdrawals since voters elected an antiwar Congress last year. But the move did little to appease Democratic leaders, who dismissed it as a token gesture masking an open-ended… (Washington Post — 14 September, 2007)
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Embracing Gen. Petraeus’s limited withdrawal recommendations, president plans to offer a new mantra for strategy: “return on success.” (Washington Post — 14 September, 2007)
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President Bush argued that his plan to begin gradually withdrawing some troops from Iraq was a “return on success” that could be squandered by deeper and speedier reductions. (New York Times — 14 September, 2007)
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Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates backed away slightly yesterday from his Friday statement that U.S. troop levels in Iraq could go as low as 100,000 by the end of next year, and he signaled that the Bush administration would go into a wait-and-see mode on Iraq for another six months. (Washington Post — 17 September, 2007)
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