In military news, the U.S. Army announced last week it is deploying 1,800 troops to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Army's deployment of the soldiers will take place over several months.
According to an Army press release, the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will deploy 1,300 soldiers from its 2nd Brigade Combat Team to Iraq this spring in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.
These soldiers will assume the mission of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division - advising and assisting Iraqi security forces fighting the Islamic State.
Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of 101st Airborne Division and Fort Campbell, said the "2nd Brigade is ready, trained, well-lead and fully prepared to take on its new mission in support of coalition operations in Iraq."
The 10th Mountain Division, stationed in Fort Drum, New York, is deploying 500 troops from its 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment to Afghanistan this winter for a nine-month mission as part of the National Support Element at Bagram Airfield.
As you may remember, President Barack Obama's plan had been to reduce the number of American troops there to about 1,000 by the end of 2016. Obama, however, followed the recommendation of Afghanistan commander Gen. John Campbell to keep amount of U.S. military personnel in-country at about 9,800 through 2015.
Obama's plan was then to reduce troops in Afghanistan to 5,500 by 2017. Campbell, however, now says that reduction should be delayed as long as possible.
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