Report: U.S. Mulls Keeping 10,000 Troops in Iraq After Withdrawal Date

HeadlineJul 06, 2011

In Iraq, the Obama administration is reportedly offering to keep 10,000 troops in Iraq despite vows to bring U.S. forces home by the end of the year. According to the Associated Press, U.S. officials say options have been worked out to keep between 8,500 and 10,000 troops in Iraq through 2012 to train Iraqi security forces. The sustained troop presence depends on a formal request from the Iraqi government. Last week, U.S. Navy Vice Admiral William McRaven, who has been nominated to command U.S. special operations, said a contingent of commando forces should remain in Iraq.

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