WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Army brigades from Fort Hood have been
ordered to deploy to Iraq early next year.
The Pentagon announced today that the 1st Brigade and 2nd
Brigade combat teams of Fort Hood's 1st Cavalry Division will join
units deploying from three other states. The other units are:
- 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York
- 56th Stryker Brigade, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania
- 6th Regimental Combat Team, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
- 8th Regimental Combat Team, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
In all, the units include about 33,000 troops and would replace
forces already in Iraq. The Pentagon says the six units will allow
the U.S. military to maintain 15 combat brigades in the country
through 2009 if needed.
The deployment decisions could change depending on whether the
top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, decides in the
fall to further reduce troop levels in Iraq.
If he decides that fewer brigades will be needed in Iraq during
the next year, there's a chance that units could simply be diverted
to the war in Afghanistan. Military leaders have said they want to
send more troops to meet increased violence in Afghanistan.
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