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US Ground Forces End Strength

President Bush's January 2007 announcement of a surge of 21,500 combat troops going into Iraq will bring the number of brigade combat teams or their equivalents up to 20 from 15 by early June 2007. The surge would probably require 7,000 to 8,000 servicemembers serving in support roles. As of 16 March 2007 142,000 US servicemembers were in Iraq, and by late May or early June 2007, there would be more than 162,000. By September 2007 total US troop strength in-country had reached 168,000. On 13 September 2007 President Bush announced plans under which 5,700 US troops would bewithdrawn by Christmas 2007. At that time, he said that four combat brigades [of at least 21,500 troops] along with other support forces would return by July 2008. The President said that when these withdrawals were completed, about 132,000 US troops would remain in Iraq. In point of fact, this did not happen, and by end of 2008 some 146,000 US troops remained in Iraq. President O'bama promised to remove American combat troops from Iraq within 16 months of his innauguration, that is, to remove one combat Brigade per month. Each brigade would amount to some 5,000 troops, implying the presence of some 65,000 support troops in country by mid-2010.

In CountryIn Theater
2003March 0175,000
April 92,00083,000
May 142,50030,000
June 146,25030,000
July 148,75030,000
August 142,50030,000
September 130,00030,000
October 137,50030,000
November 130,00030,000
December 122,50030,000
2004January125,00030,000
February108,00030,000
March 117,50030,000
April 130,00030,000
May 140,00030,000
June 142,50030,000
July 137,50030,000
August 145,00030,000
September 130,00030,000
October 136,00030,000
November 142,50030,000
December 153,00030,000
2005 January150,00030,000
February145,00030,000
March 138,50030,000
April 138,00030,000
May 138,00030,000
June 138,00030,000
July 138,00030,000
August 138,00030,000
September 145,00030,000
October 155,00030,000
November 160,00030,000
December 160,00030,000
2006 January155,00030,000
February138,00030,000
March 138,00030,000
April 138,00030,000
May 133,00035,000
June 127,000 35,000
July 127,000 35,000
August 138,000 35,000
September 138,00035,000
October 138,00035,000
November 152,000 35,000
December 140,000 35,000
2007 January 132,000 30,000
February 137,000 30,000
March 142,000 30,000
April 150,000 30,000
May 155,000 30,000
June 162,000 30,000
July 164,00030,000
August 166,00030,000
September 168,00030,000
October 168,00030,000
November 168,00030,000
December 160,00030,000
2008January160,00030,000
February155,00030,000
March 155,00030,000
April 155,00030,000
May 155,00030,000
June 155,00030,000
July 150,00030,000
August 150,00030,000
September 150,00030,000
October 150,00030,000
November 150,00030,000
December 146,00030,000
2009January145,00030,000
February145,00030,000
March 145,00030,000
April 140,00030,000
May 135,00030,000
June 130,00030,000
July 125,00030,000
August 120,00030,000
September 115,00030,000
October 110,00030,000
November 105,00030,000
December 100,00030,000
2010January95,00030,000
February98,00030,000
March 98,00030,000
April 90,00030,000
May 80,00030,000
June 70,00030,000
July 60,00030,000
August 50,00030,000
September 50,00030,000
October 50,00030,000
November 50,00030,000
December 50,00030,000
2011January50,00030,000
February50,00030,000
March 50,00030,000
April 50,00030,000
May 50,00030,000
June 50,00030,000
July 50,00030,000
August 50,00030,000
September 50,00030,000
October 43,00030,000
November 24,00040,0001
December 20030,000

NOTES

    1 - This number includes some 23,000-24,000 troops in Kuwait and another 13,000 in Qatar. This number also includes troops in Bahrain and the UAE. The US was hoping as of November 2011, to move an additional ~4,000 troops, at least, into Kuwait as part of the drawdown from Iraq.



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