WASHINGTON, DC - Sept. 10: House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., during the joint hearing with House Foreign Affairs on Iraq with Gen. David H. Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker. The military can reduce the level of U.S. forces in Iraq to their pre-surge level by next summer without jeopardizing recent security gains, Gen. David H. Petraeus told lawmakers Monday. "I have recommended a drawdown of the surge forces in Iraq," due to a slowly improving...
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