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August 15, 2007

Petraeus May Suggest Withdrawal... From Pacified Areas Which Iraqis Can Now Patrol Alone

Democrats will soon demand a dramatic new change-the-course policy that "where Iraqis can stand up, the US will stand down." Despite the fact that this is the policy.

Intent on demonstrating progress in Iraq, the top U.S. general there is expected by Bush administration officials to recommend removing American troops soon from several areas where commanders believe security has improved, possibly including Al Anbar province.

According to the officials, Gen. David H. Petraeus is expected to propose the partial pullback in his September status report to Congress, when both the war's critics and supporters plan to reassess its course. Administration officials who support the current troop levels hope Petraeus' recommendations will persuade Congress to reject pressure for a major U.S. withdrawal.

The expected recommendation would authorize U.S. commanders to withdraw troops from places that have become less violent and turn over security responsibilities to Iraqi forces.

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Petraeus has not told the White House where he might recommend reductions. But military commanders have indicated in recent briefings that Nineveh province in northern Iraq and its capital, Mosul, like Al Anbar in the west, could be an area from which it might be suitable for the U.S. to withdraw.

From Instapundit, who has a particularly link-heavy post about Petraeus and progress in Iraq.

And then there's this from Totten, about the JAM-infested IA in Baghdad.

Not good news there, of course.


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