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U.S. Says Iraq Troop Withdrawal Remains On Schedule

The U.S. Defense Department says the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq remains on schedule and has not been delayed because of surges of violence or difficulties in forming a new Iraqi government.

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters on May 11 that the United States military now has about 94,000 troops in Iraq and remains on track to reduce the force to 50,000 by September, as pledged by President Barack Obama.

Morrell added that the number of U.S. troops in Iraq is expected to fall to 91,000 by the end of May.

The U.S. spokesman made his comments a day after a wave of attacks in Iraq left at least 110 people dead and hundreds of others injured.

No new Iraqi government has yet emerged following March's elections, which produced no outright winner.

compiled from agency reports