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Fort Bragg soldiers to deploy to Iraq

More than 750 XVIII Corps will deploy to Iraq in January, the military announced Thursday. It will be the unit's third deployment to Iraq.

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — More than 750 members of the XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters will deploy to Iraq in January, the military announced Thursday.

The Fort Bragg-based troops' mission will be to train Iraq police and military, transfer military responsibilities to the U.S. State Department and provide protection for all U.S. forces in Iraq.

"We have a wealth of experience from previous deployments across our staff, and I am confident in our ability to perform our mission to the highest standard," Lt. Gen. Frank G. Helmick, commander of the XVIII Corps and Fort Bragg, said in a statement.

The paratroopers will begin intensive training for the deployment next week. They will replace troops from the III Corps based at Fort Hood in Texas.

The XVIII Corps previously deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2007.

Military officials said that the deployment will not raise the overall number of troops in Iraq. The U.S. role in combat there was officially ended in August.


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