WASHINGTON (AP) - The top U.S. general in Iraq has made initial
recommendations about how to begin withdrawing the nearly 150,000
U.S. forces there.
General Raymond Odierno has told senior Pentagon leaders how he
thinks the U.S. should comply with terms of the security agreement
recently signed by the U.S. and Iraq. The agreement calls for
American fighting forces to be out of Iraq by 2012.
A senior military official says General David Petraeus, who has
overall responsibility for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, helped
lay out the plan late last week. The official spoke on condition of
anonymity because Odierno's plan has not been made public.
Odierno foresees a gradual withdrawal over that three-year
period. But President-elect Barack Obama has said he wants to be
out inside 16 months.