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The top U.S. commander in Iraq will recommend to President Bush that current U.S. troop levels be maintained in Iraq through next spring, according to U.S. military officials.

Under dispute are published reports that Gen. David Petraeus would consider pulling out a brigade of between 3,500 and 4,000 U.S. troops early next year to "assuage critics in Congress."

"That's total nonsense," one military official told CNN, speaking on condition of anonymity because Petraeus' recommendations have not been made public. Read full article »

CNN's Jamie McIntyre, Ed Henry, Ted Barrett and Dana Bash contributed to this report

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