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I'm -- learn a lot back everybody we're just getting some breaking news now on the future of our troops in Iraq -- -- -- anchor a Special Report is with us and He.
Just received some these reports Brad.
-- job multiple sources are telling Fox News now that the Obama administration has decided to drop the number of US troops at the end of the of the year in Iraq.
US troops on the -- Here's the back story commanders originally wanted somewhere north of 25000.
Troops to remain in Iraq at the end.
Of the year.
They were there was a lot of push back about that.
Based on the cost -- according to these sources the political optics of that number remaining on the ground in Iraq.
That was pushed back to 101000 troops.
And the Pentagon commanders there had said.
Roughly we can deal with this but it will be in -- -- in other words it it will be tough.
To to do but we can make this work security wise and manpower wise.
Now we're being told that the Obama administration has decided.
Will be the number.
And that has a lot of commanders and folks in the military very concerned about the security.
A situation in Iraq if you have 3000 troops according to one.
Weekend not to secure everybody with only 3000 on the ground nor can we do what we need to do with the Iraqis.
We are told that Defense Secretary Panetta has signed off on this number.
And that this is a done deal.
We were also told -- by sources that Secretary Clinton was the only one inside the administration fighting.
For at least a 101000 troops.
On the ground at the end of the year.
But that she has lost that bad so we are following -- Jen -- Jennifer Griffin's that the Pentagon.
But this is a big development when it comes to US troops in Iraq at the end of the year -- is it.
Is it money why why this.
What we're trying to get to the bottom -- -- it clearly is cost issue and according to our sources that.
The push back to 101000 was specifically because of the the price tag on it.
And this is likely an an issue as well but also the political optics of getting down to.
-- least amount of troops on the ground possible.
As soon as possible.
The question is whether you can secure.
That number of troops.
In -- a country like Iraq that has seen increasing violence.
In recent weeks as you know.
Thank you so much breaking news on that will continue to watch it in and bring our viewers up to date on the developments for thank you so much sure.
While we're talking about our military -- that part of the world US commanders are pushing the White House now for permission to use special ops teams in Iraq.
This as the US expects that huge troop draw down by the end of the year the -- was just talking about.
New reports say Iran is attempting to smuggle arms to Iraqi militia groups and succeeding in far too many cases.
The White House is said to be worried about Iranian meddling in Iraq Syria and ball rein in recent months.
Is pushing the military and intelligence communities to come up with some plans to try to contain.
What to Iran is doing.
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