- Associated Press - Monday, December 13, 2010

BAGHDAD (AP) — The top U.S. military officer said Monday he doesn’t foresee big changes to the number of U.S. forces fighting in Afghanistan.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told troops there won’t be any significant increases over the current level of roughly 100,000. But he said there won’t be big decreases either. The Obama administration plans to begin a modest withdrawal in July.

“I’m comfortable with where we are in terms of numbers,” Adm. Mullen later told reporters traveling with him. He said it remains the plan to bring some forces home in July.

“From where? How many? Don’t know,” he said.


Adm. Mullen spoke in Iraq, where he’s making a holiday-season visit to troops.