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      Nixon meeting with military forces in Iraq

      JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is in Iraq visiting with military leaders and troops about the planned reduction of U.S. forces.

      Nixon is one of five governors on the trip sponsored by the National Guard.

      He said top military officials indicated in briefings that the U.S. will meet its goal of reducing troops to 50,000 by Sept. 1.

      Nixon spoke with The Associated Press by telephone Wednesday from Iraq. He said the governors began their trip Tuesday after visiting wounded soldiers in Washington, D.C., and meeting with Pentagon officials.

      He said the Defense Department won't let him say where they are going next.

      Nixon was among five governors who took a similar trip last July to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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