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'Coalition of the Willing' Suffering Losses

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'Coalition of the Willing' Suffering Losses

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'Coalition of the Willing' Suffering Losses

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As British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced that several hundred British troops will be withdrawn from Iraq in coming months, Denmark will remove its 460-member contingent by August and South Korea plans to bring home half of its 2,300 soldiers by April.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

And even as the Americans are adding more troops, other countries - part of the coalition in Iraq - are sending their troops home.

British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, announced yesterday that several hundred British troops are being withdrawn from Iraq in the coming months.

U.S. military spokesman General William Caldwell spoke about the British draw down today on CNN.

General WILLIAM CALDWELL (Spokesman, U.S. military): The British have been associated in this area of the world for a long time. They've worked very hard at staying close to the population, being associated with them, being very much aware of the customs and courtesies.

But it's the same tactics you'll see that our troops are using too up north, it's just they're - faced with entirely different situation than down in the Basra area.

MONTAGNE: General William Caldwell speaking today in Baghdad. Britain's plans for withdrawal coincide with the decision by Denmark to pull out its 460 troops by August. South Korea, with 2,300 soldiers in Iraq, plans to bring home half of them by April.

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