Over the weekend, the U.S. military announced the first troop withdrawals from Iraq since President Barack Obama was elected and announced his plan to end combat operations in Iraq.
The military will reduce the number of combat brigades by two over the next six months, bringing the total number in the country down to twelve. This will reduce the total number of troops from Iraq around 140,000 to 122,000.
The order is indicative of the slow pace of Obama’s plan to withdraw troops from Iraq, indicating that he intends to maintain a large number of troops in the country until August 2010. Even by that date, 35,000 to 50,000 troops will remain in the country.
Moreover, during his presidential campaign, Obama had promise to withdraw troops at a much faster rate of one to two combat brigades per month.