The U.S. military has announced plans to move 12,000 troops out of Iraq this year.
The withdrawal is part of U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to end combat missions in Iraq by August 2010.
Military officials say the 12,000 troops will leave by the end of
September. Officials say 4,000 British troops also will pull out in the
The U.S. announcement Sunday came just hours after a suicide bomber killed 28 people outside a Baghdad police academy.
In spite of Sunday's bombing, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad
described Iraq's security situation as stable, with violence at its
lowest level since mid-2003.
However, Major General David Perkins says the U.S.-led coalition is by no means complacent.
The police academy targeted in the attack has been hit twice in the past two years.