White House plays down report of Iraq troop cut

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The White House played down a newspaper report that the Bush administration was weighing a scenario for possibly sharp cuts in U.S. troop levels in Iraq next year.

The New York Times, citing unnamed senior U.S. officials, reported the administration was developing concepts in which U.S. combat forces would be reduced to around 100,000 by the middle of the 2008 presidential election year from close to 150,000 now.

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