Military


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 Country In Theater
2003 March 0 175,000
April 92,000 83,000
May 142,500 30,000
June 146,250 30,000
July 148,750 30,000
August 142,500 30,000
September 130,000 30,000
October 137,500 30,000
November 130,000 30,000
December 122,500 30,000
2004 January 125,000 30,000
February 108,000 30,000
March 117,500 30,000
April 130,000 30,000
May 140,000 30,000
June 142,500 30,000
July 137,500 30,000
August 145,000 30,000
September 130,000 30,000
October 136,000 30,000
November 142,500 30,000
December 153,000 30,000
2005 January 150,000 30,000
February 145,000 30,000
March 138,500 30,000
April 138,000 30,000
May 138,000 30,000
June 138,000 30,000
July 138,000 30,000
August 138,000 30,000
September 145,000 30,000
October 155,000 30,000
November 160,000 30,000
December 160,000 30,000
2006 January 155,000 30,000
February 138,000 30,000
March 138,000 30,000
April 138,000 30,000
May 133,000 35,000
June 127,000 35,000
July 127,000 35,000
August 138,000 35,000
September 138,000 35,000
October 138,000 35,000
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 164,000 30,000
August 166,000 30,000
September 168,000 30,000
October 168,000 30,000
November 168,000 30,000
December 160,000 30,000
2008 January 160,000 30,000
February 155,000 30,000
March 155,000 30,000
April 155,000 30,000
May 155,000 30,000
June 155,000 30,000
July 150,000 30,000
August 150,000 30,000
September 150,000 30,000
October 150,000 30,000
November 150,000 30,000
December 146,000 30,000
2009 January 145,000 30,000
February 145,000 30,000
March 145,000 30,000
April 140,000 30,000
May 135,000 30,000
June 130,000 30,000
July 125,000 30,000
August 120,000 30,000
September 115,000 30,000
October 110,000 30,000
November 105,000 30,000
December 100,000 30,000
2010 January 95,000 30,000
February 98,000 30,000
March 98,000 30,000
April 90,000 30,000
May 80,000 30,000
June 70,000 30,000
July 60,000 30,000
August 50,000 30,000
September 50,000 30,000
October 50,000 30,000
November 50,000 30,000
December 50,000 30,000
2011 January 50,000 30,000
February 50,000 30,000
March 50,000 30,000
April 50,000 30,000
May 50,000 30,000
June 50,000 30,000
July 50,000 30,000
August 50,000 30,000
September 50,000 30,000
October 43,000 30,000
November 24,000 40,0001
December 200 30,000

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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