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Wolfowitz: 135,000 Troops to Remain in Iraq


U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz says some 15,000 U.S. troops who were deployed for Iraq's election will soon return home, but 135,000 forces are expected to remain in Iraq.

Testifying Thursday before the Senate Armed Services committee, the deputy secretary said American troops and the proposed $80 billion in supplemental funding are focused on training Iraqi security forces.

Also during the hearing, Air Force General Richard Myers said there is not a good measure of how many of Iraq's estimated 130,000 security forces are properly trained and equipped.

The general also said he could not publicly discuss the military's estimate of the size of the insurgency in Iraq.

Some information for this story provided by AFP and Reuters.