Bush Won't Accept Additional Troop Withdrawls at Expense of Security Gains

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Washington (AP) President Bush says he won't accept additional troop withdrawals from Iraq beyond those already planned if they would jeopardize recent security gains.

Speaking at the pentagon on the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, Bush signaled Wednesday that he is unlikely to order new reductions after next month's report from the top U.S. military officers in Iraq. He says that increasing the pace of
drawdowns could unravel the progress spurred by an increase of 30,000 troops over the past year.

The president told an audience of Pentagon brass, soldiers and diplomats that “having come so far and achieved so much, we are not going to let this happen.”