Britain to Cut Troop Levels

LONDON (AP) -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says his country will cut its troop levels in Iraq by nearly half early next year.

Brown told Parliament he plans "from next spring, to reduce force numbers in southern Iraq to a figure of 2,500." He said a decision about further cuts will be made once that reduction is complete.

Brown told lawmakers the plan follows discussions with the Iraqi government and progress on the ground in the southern sector of Iraq.

Britain has around 5,000 troops based mainly at an air base camp on the fringe of the southern city of Basra.

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