US Army 'to cut 40,000 troops by the end of 2017'
The US Army is to reduce the size of its force by 40,000 soldiers over the next two years.
The cost-cutting exercise will also see an additional 17,000 civilian employees cut from the army.
The plan, which could be officially announced later this week, would see the US troop level drop to about 450 thousand soldiers by the end of 2017.
The US army had about 570,000 troops in 2012 at the height of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.