Top US Iraq general may urge troop cutbacks

The top US commander in Iraq has said he expects to recommend further cuts in US forces in Iraq before he relinquishes command in September because of improved security.  "My sense is I will be able to make a recommendation at that time for some further reductions," General David Petraeus said in confirmation hearings on his appointment to become head of the US Central Command.  Petraeus' upbeat forecast came as President George W. Bush made a new push for public support for the war, telling army paratroopers back from Iraq that a hasty pullout would increase the chance of another September 11-type attack. 

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