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President Bush and Top Advisers To Discuss Iraq Strategy

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President Bush has called his top civilian and military advisors together to discuss, what he calls, the way forward in Iraq.

The White House says the talks are tied to the naming of the final key members of the Iraqi cabinet.

The group is expected to include Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, and will meet Monday at the presidential retreat at Camp David.

On Tuesday the talks are due to expand by videolink to include the U.S. ambassador to Iraq and the top U.S. commander in the field, General George Casey.

General Casey said Sunday on CBS television Sunday he would not present the meeting with a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq, but does expect to see continued gradual reductions over coming months and into next year.

Iraq's national security advisor Mowaffak al-Rubaie said Sunday on U.S. television channel CNN that the number of coalition troops could fall below 100-thousand by the end of this year.

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