Pentagon sending more troops to Iraq to provide security before election

The Pentagon has decided to bolster U.S. forces in Iraq in advance of elections scheduled for late January by sending elements of the 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., and extending the tours of duty for other units already in Iraq, officials said Wednesday.

At least two Army brigades now operating in northern Iraq will have their tours extended by about two months, until after the election, an Army official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

But I thought they were ready for elections. Why on earth would we need more troops?

Secondly, I find it interesting/bothersome that the army official talking about extending tours of duty spoke only on condition of anonymity.

In a related piece, apparently serving in the US Marine Corps doesn’t count as military duty.


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