Monday, May 19, 2008

Pentagon: 25,000 troops to be deployed to Iraq

Pentagon: 25,000 troops to be deployed to Iraq

Updated 3h 46m ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says about 25,000 U.S. soldiers will be deployed to Iraq beginning in the fall, replacing troops scheduled to come home by the end of the year.
Among the seven Army combat brigades and one division headquarters unit that would be sent to Iraq this year is the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, from Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

The deployments announced Monday would maintain a level of 15 brigades in Iraq, or roughly 140,000 troops — the number that military leaders expect will remain on the warfront at the end of July, once the planned withdrawals are finished.

Under a new Pentagon policy effective in August, those Army units will serve for 12 months, rather than the 15-month tours that units in Iraq now are serving.

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Well this should seal the deal that until President Bush leaves office there will be 140,000 troops in Iraq about 10,000 more than before the "surge" started last year, so much for "return on success". I hope the American people wake up and see 4 more years of a Republican in the White House means 4 more years of the Bush agenda wasted lives and a continuation of "military ground hog day" with no exot strayegy in sight.

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