British Downsizing Troops in Iraq

LONDON (AP) -- A British official says there's no guarantee that any British troops will still be in Iraq by the end of next year.

The comment came after Britain's prime minister announced that his country will cut in half its remaining troop deployment in Iraq next spring.

Gordon Brown told Parliament that his plan follows the success of the U.S. troop increase this summer, and efforts by Iraqis to drive suspected militants from havens in Anbar province.

He says Britain will lower troop levels to 2,500 by the middle of next year, and redeploy logistics staff elsewhere in the region.

Brown says decisions on further cuts will be made once that reduction is complete.

He's rejecting a call from opposition lawmakers to set a timetable to withdraw all British forces.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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