President Bush plans to keep U.S. troop levels in Iraq near their current level through the end of the year.
Bush says he will return about 8,000 troops to the U.S. by February.
The president says "additional reductions will be possible in the first half of 2009" if security in Iraq keeps improving.
He made the announcement Tuesday in a speech to the National Defense University in Washington.
Bush says violence in Iraq is at its lowest point since the spring of 2004. And he says normal life is returning to Iraqi communities and political reconciliation is moving forward. But he cautions that progress is still fragile and could be reversed.
The president also outlines what he says will be a "quiet surge" of additional American forces in Afghanistan, bringing the U.S. presence there to nearly 31,000, compared with about 146,000 in Iraq.
KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.
If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.powered by Disqus