1,000 U.S. soldiers from 82nd Airborne Division will begin to deploy to Iraq in late January 2015
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|Wednesday, December 24, 2014 10:08 AM|
|1,000 U.S. soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division will begin to deploy to Iraq in late January 2015.|
Up to 1,300 more U.S. troops, including approximately 1,000 soldiers from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, will begin to deploy to Iraq in late January, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said today. There are now about 1,750 U.S. troops in Iraq, and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week ordered deployment of an additional 1,300.
Paratroopers assigned to 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad, assist Iraqi officials during the opening of the Motasum Elementary School in eastern Baghdad in 2008.
While the Pentagon will not disclose where the training sites will be, it's known that there are approximately 350 US service members at the al-Asad Air Base in Anbar province west of Baghdad, assisting the 7th Iraqi Division plan missions. Other sites are expected to be in and around Baghdad, and in the north near Erbil.