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US military presence in Iraq after 2011 could be 'dozens'
| Updated at: 0124 PST, Thursday, August 12, 2010|
WASHINGTON: The US military presence in Iraq after the pullout of American forces in 2011 could be just "dozens" under the authority of the embassy, a top White House advisor said Wednesday.
"We'll be doing in Iraq what we do in many countries around the world with which we have a security relationship that involves selling American equipment or training their forces, that is establishing some connecting tissue," said Anthony Blinken, national security advisor for the vice president.
"This is something that's common to many embassies around the world, under the authority of the chief of mission, the ambassador, and typically it involves some small numbers of military personnel," he said.
"But when I say small, I'm not talking thousands, I'm talking dozens or maybe hundreds, that's typically how much we would see."