Thursday, January 11, 2007

21,000 more troops means longer tours, extensions, Natl Guard troops deploy again

Washington one of the states that will be sending in troops as part of the 21,000 surge (translation = acceleration of war in Middle East).

excerpt from AP article at yahoo

Affected will be units based in Minnesota, Kansas, Georgia and Washington.

According to the military official, who provided no dates,

_The 1st Brigade, 34th Infantry Division, National Guard Unit based in Minnesota, will stay longer than planned in Iraq;

_The 4th Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, based at Fort Riley, Kansas, will deploy to Iraq earlier than planned;

_The 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, based at Fort Lewis, Wash., will deploy early;

• The 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Stewart, Ga., will deploy early;

• And the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Benning, Ga., will deploy early.

excerpt from AP article yahoo news;

Some units will have less time at home for rest and retraining between tours than their commanders would like. And the faster pace of deployments could force the Pentagon to call on National Guard and Reserve units more frequently — possibly to remobilize some that already have served in Iraq.

read more AP yahoo news Jan 10, 2007

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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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