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Bush To Announce Troop Cuts

WHITE HOUSE (AP) - President Bush has decided to accept his top
Iraq commander's plan for a gradual drawdown of troops.

Administration officials report the decision to reduce troop
levels by as many as 30,000 by next summer will be announced in a
prime-time address on Thursday night. The president has already
been rehearsing it.

But while accepting the idea of returning to pre-surge levels in
Iraq by next summer, Bush places a key but familiar condition on
further troop cuts: that there be continued progress on both
security and political fronts.

Officials say the president will acknowledge that many people
have deep doubts about the war. But he's expected to again warn
that too quick a pullout from Iraq invites disaster for both Iraqis
and Americans.


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