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  • Pentagon Orders 1,500 More Troops to Iraq

    By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer
    Wed Aug 24, 3:48 PM ET



    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has ordered 1,500 additional troops to Iraq to provide security in advance of two upcoming votes, the military announced Wednesday
    Two infantry battalions from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy to Iraq before the scheduled Oct. 15 referendum on the proposed constitution, and remain through the December national elections, officials said.

    They will join the 138,000 U.S. troops already there. The battalions are expected to remain in Iraq for 120 days.

    The military anticipates an increase in violence in Iraq in advance of the elections, with insurgents opposed to the U.S.-backed government trying to disrupt the process.

    The Pentagon has temporarily increased the size of the force in Iraq twice before political milestones — the June 2004 transfer of sovereignty and the January elections. Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman, said those deployments helped limit the effectiveness of the insurgent campaign.

    "This deployment is in support of continued progress," he said. "We are reinforcing success."

    The troops are being sent at the request of Gen. George Casey, commander of the multinational forces in Iraq.

    The Pentagon has already sent additional troops to Afghanistan to bolster security for September elections there.

    The 82nd Airborne Division is based at Fort Bragg, N.C. It was not immediately clear when the troops would depart.

    Another battalion from the 82nd Airborne is deploying to Iraq to assist with detention operations, the military recently announced.

  • #2
    Want to explain why I got a bad rep for this?

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    • #3
      They are probly being sent there to replace all the soldiers who have died.

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      • #4
        "no need to explain'

        But I just don't understand anonymous bad rep giver so please do explain what is wrong with posting news about the soldiers we support in a war you support? Would you rather not hear news about these soldiers whom you support sending out to get killed?

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        • #5
          I guarantee whoever gave me those bad reps is pro war but anti information about it. Why? Because you are losing?

          If anything is bad for moral it's people at home not even wanting to hear about what's going on or pretend like it's not even happening. I'm all for supporting troops who have been sent to fight or die in an unjust war but to say they are fighting for the freedom of the world or even America is a BIG LIE!

          Slambos I would like to know who gave me those bad reps.

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          • #6
            It was not me. I dont give bad reps.

            The 1500 troops are gonna be there for 3 months. While you disagree with the war, finishing the job is what is needed. The commanders found it needed to send over another 1500 soldiers, probably to secure a hostile region in need of more troops.

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            • #7
              wasnt me. i could give u a rep now to prove it. want a bad or good one?
              Warpox exposes himself | Editorial 1 4 | 2Pox

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              • #8
                Fuck the rep point Walrus, give her a fucking kleenex to wipe away the tears. As for the extra soldiers, there have always been increases during certain political events such as elections and the like.
                http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

                “if somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him” (Bukhari, vol. 4, bk. 52, no. 260).

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                • #9
                  I just repped you for compensation.

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                  • #10
                    It's not about the rep. I know whoever gave me the rep is a supporter of the war but then gets pissed when they have to hear about it.

                    They won't be there for three months. They might be told they are being sent for three months but once they are there they will be told they have to stay.

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                    • #11
                      lol that was funny. a kleenex will work best.

                      there's no crying on a message board bitch (no pun intended)
                      Warpox exposes himself | Editorial 1 4 | 2Pox

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