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Wednesday, December 10, 2003
This isn't going help Bush's plans to manufacture a withdrawal from Iraq before the election:
Pentagon: A Third of New Iraq Soldiers Quit:
"Plans to deploy the first battalion of Iraq's new army are in doubt because a third of the soldiers trained by the U.S.-led occupation authority have quit, defense officials said Wednesday.

Touted as a key to Iraq's future, the 700-man battalion lost about 250 men over recent weeks as they were preparing to begin operations this month, Pentagon officials said."

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