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500 Fort Bragg paratroopers headed to Iraq

Posted June 19, 2015

All American Week ended Thursday at Fort Bragg as 1,500 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division filled the sky over Sicily Drop Zone.

— About 500 members of the 82nd Airborne will deploy to Iraq to train and advise local fighters there in their battle against the Islamic State, a Fort Bragg spokesman said Friday.

The paratroopers would be deployed for about nine months.

They join more than 1,200 paratroopers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team already in the country.

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  • Djofraleigh Anderson Jun 19, 2015
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    Why paratroopers as advisors? They are mobile for sure, quick in and quick out.