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Bragg troops rerouted to Afghanistan

Posted April 3, 2009

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— A brigade of the North Carolina-based 82nd Airborne Division that had been ordered to Iraq instead will be sent to Afghanistan as part of a mission to train that country's forces, the military said Friday.

The Department of Defense said 3,300 paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg will deploy in the spring and through the summer. The announcement said 700 other soldiers also will be deployed.

The soldiers will be assigned "to the ongoing training and mentoring mission in Afghanistan," the Pentagon statement said.

That brigade had been scheduled to deploy to Iraq this summer and currently is at the military's Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., preparing for deployment.

Soldiers in the brigade, which is the newest part of the 82nd, already have been to Afghanistan.

"Our combat advice and experience in counterinsurgency, coupled with their knowledge of the terrain and the enemy makes for an unbeatable combination," brigade commander Col. Brian Drinkwine said in a statement released by the division.

Drinkwine said the brigade will work closely with the Afghan National Security Forces to make it "the best possible force they can be and a formidable security force against any foe."

The colonel also said the brigade, like others in the famed airborne division, are always prepared for a change in mission.

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  • Quagmire Apr 3, 2009

    Obama campaigned on ending the war. Now that he is in office he is sending even more troops over there than Bush did.
    nobama

    You are misinformed. During the campaign he said he would wind down the Iraq war and pay more attention to Afghanistan.

  • Quagmire Apr 3, 2009

    You mean this Inteligence Committee
    Committee chairman John D. Rockefeller, D-W. Va., said the administration's actions went far beyond simply being misled by bad intelligence.

    "There is no question we all relied on flawed intelligence," Rockefeller said in a statement. "But, there is a fundamental difference between relying on incorrect intelligence and deliberately painting a picture to the American people that you know is not fully accurate."

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/reports/intelligence/story/39963.html

  • Quagmire Apr 3, 2009

    One memo stated to put "special weapons" in shipping containers, bury them, then surround them with anti-aircraft guns. Think those "special weapons" had some kind of significance?
    bradh2

    That must be where they kept the aluminum tubes.

  • nobama Apr 3, 2009

    Obama campaigned on ending the war. Now that he is in office he is sending even more troops over there than Bush did.

  • bradh2 Apr 3, 2009

    God Bless & Godspeed

    x1,000. Enjoy your weekend everyone.

  • bradh2 Apr 3, 2009

    Or Bush Lied

    A myth refuted by the Senate Intelligence Committee. If I give you a report or analysis, and you repeat that report to the public, and the report or analysis turns out to be wrong, its not a lie.

    You missed the part of my response about "worldwide intelligence agencies" that stated he had such weapons and was trying to create the capacity for making them. Read some of the Iraqi documents that have been recovered and are still being translated. There's millions more to go.

    One memo stated to put "special weapons" in shipping containers, bury them, then surround them with anti-aircraft guns. Think those "special weapons" had some kind of significance?

  • daisymom Apr 3, 2009

    God Bless & Godspeed

  • bradh2 Apr 3, 2009

    So where are the WMD's?

    Please read my comment further down. Although the New York Times article I referenced is from 2006 not 2005. Later documents showed they were building and planning to make such weapons into at least 2007. I can't wait for all the "real" intelligence to be declassified 20 years from now, we'll see how all the liberal armchair intelligence types feel then.

  • Quagmire Apr 3, 2009

    They're either still buried in the desert, were shipped to Syria, or Saddam pulled the biggest fraud the world has ever seen.
    bradh2

    Or Bush Lied

  • bradh2 Apr 3, 2009

    Our curent CiC is improving focus and efficiency, and that's bad?

    Its not bad, I just think it would be better to send a group thats already trained for that region instead of interrupting training for another region. However, perhaps this group has been to Afghanistan before so maybe it doesn't matter.

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