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Commander: Bragg troops may be home mid-December

Posted November 27, 2011

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— Some soldiers based at Fort Bragg could be home from Iraq a bit earlier than initially expected.

That's according to Maj. Gen. Kenneth S. Dowd, a commander overseeing the withdrawal of supplies and equipment from Iraq, tells The Fayetteville Observer (http://bit.ly/t3usTe) that work could be done by mid-December. That's well ahead of the Dec. 31 deadline and means some troops could be home in time for Christmas.

Dowd says some 9,000 truckloads of equipment have been moved into Kuwait since October. Fewer than 1,000 truckloads have yet to be moved. Once it's all moved, Dowd says his troops will have to sort, clean and ship the equipment.

The troop withdrawal comes in the wake of President Barack Obama's declaration that the Iraq war is over and a deal struck by President George W. Bush to withdraw all troops by 2012.

More than 4,400 American military members have been killed since the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq in March 2003.

One hundred eight soldiers originally from North Carolina, not including those stationed in the state, died in Iraq.

Camp Lejeune lost 295 soldiers and Fort Bragg 196, including special forces. The North Carolina National Guard lost 14 soldiers and the Marine Air Station at Cherry Point had eight causalities. Pope and Seymour Johnson Air Force Bases had a combined four deaths in Iraq.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer

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  • mfarmer1 Nov 28, 2011

    I just looked in my records, Your right it was not two months, it was four months.

    It was called "Phase Echo" and it ran from March 1991 to June 1991.

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 2011

    "It only took 2 months to get 350,000+ back from Iraq back in 1991.

    Obviously I do."

    Back to WHERE? common now, tell the truth.

    Obviously you do not.

  • mfarmer1 Nov 28, 2011

    It only took 2 months to get 350,000+ back from Iraq back in 1991.

    Obviously I do.

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 2011

    "I've been to Iraq, I know what it takes.
    mfarmer1"

    Obviously not the case.

  • mfarmer1 Nov 28, 2011

    I've been to Iraq, I know what it takes.

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 2011

    "Maybe I am mistaken but did not President Obama have the authority to remove the troops after he was sworn in like he said he was going to do? Both democrats and republicans funded the war, It is shared between them both.
    mfarmer1"

    Do you honestly think tens of thousands of troops and millions of tons of equipment could have been removed as simply as turning off a light?

  • mfarmer1 Nov 28, 2011

    Maybe I am mistaken but did not President Obama have the authority to remove the troops after he was sworn in like he said he was going to do? Both democrats and republicans funded the war, It is shared between them both.

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 2011

    "It is amazing how none of them 4,400 deaths for the past 3 years is Obama's fault.
    mfarmer1"

    I could be mistaken so please help me out on this. Were not the wars of aggression already in full bloom when President Obama was elected?

  • mfarmer1 Nov 28, 2011

    It is amazing how none of them 4,400 deaths for the past 3 years is Obama's fault.

  • fayncmike Nov 28, 2011

    “More than 4,400 American military members have been killed since the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq in March 2003.”

    And every one of those 4,400 plus American deaths and the additional thousands of deaths of innocent citizens is the sole responsibility of George W. Bush, criminal, tyrant and murderer and his Gestapo White House corps. They all need to spend the rest of their lives in prison.