U.S. Extends Iraq Deployment of Key Army Division

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Tue Jul 15 00:01:11 MDT 2003

Alas, we are letting them get away with decisions like the following
without making a peep....

*****   U.S. Extends Iraq Deployment of Key Army Division
July 14
- By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facing mounting security threats in Iraq, the
U.S. military said on Monday thousands of soldiers from a key Army
division would not return home by September as expected and instead
stay in Iraq indefinitely.

The 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) was the first American unit to
enter Baghdad during the war after thrusting from Kuwait through
southern Iraq to reach the Iraqi capital, and soldiers from the
division now are shouldering a heavy load in the effort to stabilize
postwar Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Buford Blount, the division's commander, last week
announced plans for the division to return home during July and
August after a protracted deployment in the region.

But the Army reversed itself on Monday, saying the return of 9,000 of
the division's troops had been put on hold.

The Pentagon deployed about 16,500 3rd Infantry Division soldiers
during the war, and about 15,000 remain in Iraq and Kuwait.
Thirty-seven soldiers from the division have been killed in the war
and its aftermath.

Rich Olson, a spokesman for the Army's Fort Stewart in Georgia, said
some elements of the division will return as previously announced,
including the 3rd Brigade Combat Team. About 1,000 soldiers have come
home in the past week, Olson said, and others are in the process of

But Olson said the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 2d Brigade Combat Team,
the 7th Cavalry's 3rd Squadron and other elements of the division
will remain in Iraq until further notice.

Olson said he knew of no new time table for their return....

<http://www.abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20030714_474.html>   *****


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