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The Obama administration will  reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of the year down to 3,000, according to Fox News’ sources.

Military generals requested that the number of troops remaining in Iraq reach 27,000, but issues with “the cost and the political optics” reduced the projected number to much lower figures, reports Fox News.

This shift is seen by various people as a cost-saving measure and a political measure. The only administration official fighting for at least 10,000 forces to stay in Iraq at the end of the year was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, sources said. But she has lost the battle.


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