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Iraq
US army chiefs plan ’strategic exit’ from Iraq
2003-10-20
United States commanders in Iraq have drawn up detailed proposals for a rapid reduction of troop numbers over the next 18 months in the first indication of formal planning for an exit strategy. The plans, which have been put to Donald Rumsfeld, the defence secretary, but not yet approved by him, suggest reducing the American forces from 130,000 to about 100,000 by next summer.
More snipped. Goes on to mention being down to around 50,000 by 2005, which sounds like something I’d heard before.
Posted by:Laurence of the Rats

#7  Latakia is a beautiful city--great port--and there's even A Meridien Hotel there (French owned)--thought the Sixth Fleet might like it.....
Posted by: NotMikeMoore   2003-10-20 10:59:44 PM  

#6  I hope the 80,000 troops leave Iraq by heading west, through Syria and Lebanon, before debarking in Israel next year.
Beirut is a great harbor - big enough to hold the whole sixth fleet. Let the guys go home through Beirut. Lattakia is also an excellent harbor - let's arrange for half of them to go home through there! Between the two, we could clean up a big mess, restore peace to a region that hasn't seen it since the Turkish caliphate turned it into a seedy backwater, and have two excellent places to home-port a third of our Med fleet.
Posted by: Old Patriot   2003-10-20 6:40:20 PM  

#5  I hope the 80,000 troops leave Iraq by heading west, through Syria and Lebanon, before debarking in Israel next year.
Posted by: Tibor   2003-10-20 4:37:26 PM  

#4  So the question is, where are the 80,000 US troops going when they leave Iraq?

Hopefully not back to Germany...
Posted by: Laurence of the Rats   2003-10-20 4:30:40 PM  

#3  Can't wait to see how the Donks will try to spin this.
Posted by: Rex Mundi   2003-10-20 4:13:26 PM  

#2  So the question is, where are the 80,000 US troops going when they leave Iraq? Are they just resting up before going to Syria?
Posted by: Yank   2003-10-20 4:05:12 PM  

#1  What? You mean it wasn't for the Oiiiil???
Posted by: CrazyFool   2003-10-20 3:54:52 PM  

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