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NATIONAL
May 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Pentagon on Tuesday alerted more than 35,000 Army soldiers that they could be sent to Iraq this fall. The deployment orders signed by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates would allow commanders to maintain the buildup of troops through the end of the year if needed. President Bush has ordered nearly 30,000 additional troops to Iraq to quell a rise in violence.
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WORLD
May 6, 2007 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
The final troop contingent in President Bush's controversial plan to improve security, a brigade that includes 152 attack and transport helicopters, will arrive soon in the Iraqi capital, a U.S. commander said. With the arrival of the 3rd Infantry Division's Combat Aviation Brigade, based at Ft. Stewart, Ga., the addition of 28,500 troops begun in mid-February will be complete. The brigade will be based at Camp Victory near the Baghdad international airport, Maj. Gen.
WORLD
May 3, 2007 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
A brigade of 3,700 U.S. Army troops arrived in Baghdad this week, part of the Bush administration's troop buildup aimed at quelling sectarian violence. The soldiers are with the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, from Ft. Lewis, Wash. The last combat brigade of 3,700 troops is due by late May, completing the deployment ordered in January by President Bush that is expected to amount to 28,500 combat and support personnel.
WORLD
April 14, 2007 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. commander of day-to-day military operations in Iraq said Friday he would make a recommendation this summer on how long to continue the American troop buildup in Baghdad and left open the possibility of a long-term increase. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the second highest ranking American general in Iraq, said he would make his first assessment of the expanded U.S. troop presence in July or August. His proposal will be reviewed by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top U.S.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2007 | Peter Spiegel and Richard Simon, Times Staff Writers
The Pentagon will send four National Guard brigades to Iraq and may extend the tours of five active-duty Army brigades by as much as four months as it strains to find troops to sustain the buildup in Baghdad through the end of the year. The National Guard deployments -- 13,000 soldiers based in Arkansas, Indiana, Oklahoma and Ohio -- mark the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that entire brigades are being called up for second combat tours.
WORLD
April 3, 2007 | Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writer
The Pentagon said Monday that to sustain the current buildup of troops in Baghdad through the summer, two Army units have been ordered to return to Iraq without the normal yearlong stay at their home bases.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2007 | Peter Nicholas, Times Staff Writer
Aligning himself with congressional Democrats in the debate on the Iraq war, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reiterated Sunday that the U.S. needs to set clear timelines for bringing troops home, lest Iraq devolve into a quagmire with no end in sight. Republican Schwarzenegger, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," said Americans won't support a war that becomes an open-ended commitment -- a point, he said, that needs to be made to the Iraqis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In Washington and in much of the media, the dominant discussion is whether the U.S. should send more troops to Iraq or bring home the troops already there and end U.S. involvement. Seven-year-old Darius Badua knows none of this. But he does know that his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Roderick "Ben" Badua, left Sunday for his second deployment to Iraq. "He's a nice man," Darius said quietly as his father and 125-plus other Marines left from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar here.
WORLD
February 24, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Britain will increase its troop strength by 1,000 in southern Afghanistan to bolster NATO forces battling Taliban militants, news media reported days after Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was pulling some troops out of Iraq. Defense Minister Des Browne confirmed that a deployment would bolster the more than 5,000 British troops already in Afghanistan, but he would not provide a number.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The husband of L. Tammy Duckworth, the state's Department of Veterans' Affairs director, is being deployed to Iraq, where his wife lost her legs in a helicopter crash before her 2006 bid for Congress. It is the first Iraq tour for Brian Bowlsbey, 39, a longtime Illinois Guardsman. His wife is a Guard major.
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