Arkansas Congressman Expects Troop Withdrawals after Visit to Iraq

DECEMBER 27, 2005 - Posted at 4:45 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Just a few days after returning from his third trip to Iraq and Arkansas Congressman John Boozman says better training of Iraqi forces will enable the United States to lower its troop presence in the wartorn country.

Boozman said Iraqi leaders are encouraged by the high number of people who voted in the nation's parliamentary elections.  The congressman traveled with five other congressmen, three Republicans and two Democrats, last week to visit Iraq.  The delegation was led by Rep. Tom Osborne (R-Nebraska), and was intended to focus on the nation's elections.

They also visited Kuwait and a military hospital in Germany.

Boozman visited with Arkansas troops in Baghdad and in Kuwait and said they seemed to be in good spirits.  The congressman's trip occured as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld announced the scaling back of troops in Iraq.

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