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U.S. start withdrawal from Western Europe, 7,000 combat troops will return home.

U.S. military in Ramstein Base, Germany.

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta announced the withdrawal of 7,000 U.S. combat troops from Western Europe , as part of the Obama measures to reduce military spending.

According to that two combat brigades will be replaced with rotational units to ensure NATO allies a continued strong military  presence in Europe. said Panetta.

Around 80,000 US military personnel are currently located in different military bases around Europe, most of them in Germany.