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Army sending 500 Bragg soldiers to Afghanistan

Posted September 24, 2013 9:24 p.m. EDT

— About 500 Fort Bragg soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan in February as part of a U.S.-led drawdown of coalition forces in the country, according to the Fayetteville Observer. 

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Colt told the newspaper Tuesday that soldiers from the 18th Airborne Corps will establish the core of two headquarters, International Joint Command in Afghanistan and National Support Element.

"Their responsibility, as we look forward to a very strategic year in Afghanistan in 2014, is to bind the coalition, continue to work the advise and assist component, and operationally employ the coalition forces that are present," Colt said.

By late winter, half of the 62,000 American troops in Afghanistan will return home.