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General: Planned troop withdrawal on track

WASHINGTON (WKOW) --  A top U.S. military commander in Iraq says the withdrawal of thousands of U.S. troops is on track.

Army General Ray Odierno says 45,000 U.S. troops will withdraw by the end of August, despite a recent increase in attacks by militant forces.

He says al-Qaida's capabilities in Iraq is being degraded. Odierno told "Fox News Sunday" unless there's a dramatic change, the troop draw down will go ahead as planned.

There are nearly 100,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. The U. S will cut that number in half by August 31.

The country will withdraw all forces by the end of 2011.

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