Rumsfeld has announced that two US brigades, around 7,500 [-edit] men, are being pulled out of Iraq, or technically simply not rotated in.
The United States has not discussed basing American troops in Iraq, and would do so only following negotiations with the new Iraqi government, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
No doubt we will have long-term, if not permanent, bases in Iraq. One of the strongest arguments for me in favor of the invasion of Iraq was that that country is literally in the heart of our enemies’ territory. When we have to go to war against Iran or Syria it will be much easier to do so from the country right next door.