10-10-04- For troops in Iraq, a possible homecoming depends on what happens after January elections.
During a surprise visit with Marines there, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said troop levels might drop off if security improves and Iraqi government forces continue to expand and improve.
It's the first time Rumsfeld has openly mentioned the possibility of reducing U.S. troop strength as early as the beginning of next year.
Rumsfeld says violence in Iraq will probably get worse before the election.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.