Saturday, August 30, 2008

Initial plan for Iraq troop cuts

WASHINGTON (CNN) Two weeks before he is scheduled to leave Iraq, top U.S. commander in Iraq Gen. David Petraeus submitted his initial set of recommendations for additional troop cuts, according to a U.S. military official close to the process.

Petraeus handed over the plan to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the official, who declined to describe substance of the plan but called it “a first cut” on what Petraeus is thinking.

Final recommendations could come at any time because Petraeus is scheduled to leave Iraq by Sept. 16 to take up a new job as head of the U.S. Central Command.

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