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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070824/pl_nm/iraq_usa_pace_dc Gen. Pace may urge U.S. troop cut in Iraq: report Fri Aug 24, 4:39 AM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The
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      Gen. Pace may urge U.S. troop cut in Iraq: report

      Fri Aug 24, 4:39 AM ET

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The chairman of the U.S.
      military's Joint Chiefs of Staff is expected to urge
      President George W. Bush to cut U.S. troop levels in
      Iraq next year, the Los Angeles Times said on Friday,
      citing military and administration officials.

      Marine Gen. Peter Pace, whose term as chairman expires
      at the end of September, is expected to contend that
      keeping significantly more than 100,000 troops in Iraq
      through next year would severely strain the military
      and compromise its ability to respond to other
      threats, the newspaper said.

      The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David
      Petraeus, is to give his much-awaited recommendation
      next month on how to proceed with military operations
      in Iraq in a report expected to spark a firestorm of
      debate on the unpopular war.

      The administration has been fending off calls to start
      withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq and has cited gains
      from this year's increase of about 30,000 U.S. forces
      that has brought troop levels there to about 160,000.

      The Times said Pace will say it is strategically
      important to reduce U.S. deployments in Iraq. It said
      Pace will likely make that recommendation privately
      instead of in a formal report.

      A senior administration official told the Times that
      the Joint Chiefs in recent weeks have voiced concerns
      that the Iraq war has reduced the military's ability
      to respond to other threats, such as Iran, the
      newspaper said.

      While the focus has been on Petraeus' upcoming
      recommendation, the Joint Chiefs' responsibility of
      ensuring the military's long-term well-being means
      Pace "by law, has a big role in that and he will
      provide his advice to the president," the newspaper
      quoted a senior military official as saying.

      But the newspaper said given the pressure to defer to
      Petraeus' report, the Joint Chiefs could weaken their
      view to Bush.

      Bush did not nominate Pace for a second term as
      chairman and he is to leave the position at the end of September.
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