There are currently some 160,000 foreign troops in Iraq, about 136,000 from the United States and the rest from Britain, Italy, Poland, and other countries.
Rubaie, who chairs a joint Iraq-U.S. group planning the transfer of security responsibilities to Iraqi troops, told the "New York Times" he expects the overwhelming majority of foreign forces to leave Iraq within two years.
He said plans have been completed that set out the conditions for the withdrawal of foreign forces and the takeover of security duties by Iraqi forces.
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