Tuesday, November 08, 2005

92,000 US troops told to prepare for Iraq rotation

By Charles Aldinger Mon Nov 7, 5:03 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The
Pentagon on Monday notified 92,000 fresh U.S. troops to prepare for rotation to
Iraq over a two-year period beginning in mid-2006, but cautioned that the number did not signal immediate plans to slash a much-higher U.S. troop level now in that country.

more at 92,000 US troops told to prepare for Iraq rotation - Yahoo! News

from GI Special;

Nov. 7, 2005 By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today announced the next major units to deploy to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Today's announcement affects about 92,000 servicemembers -- more than 65,000 from the active component and 26,000 from the Guard and Reserve -- who will begin their scheduled rotation in mid-2006, according to Army Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Defense Department spokesman.

Major units to deploy include:

Division Headquarters and 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii;

13th Corps Support Command, Fort Hood, Texas;

1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, Minnesota Army National Guard;

2nd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Schweinfurt, Germany;

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Wash.;

3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; and

2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.

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President George W. Bush's statement in March 2006 after 3 yrs of war "a future President will have to resolve war in Iraq"


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