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US troop levels in Iraq reach all-time high August 8, 2007

Posted by infidelkafirwatch in Uncategorized.

It just get better and better….

By Jim Mannion AFP – Tuesday, August 7 08:41 pm

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US troop levels in Iraq have hit an all-time high with overlapping unit rotations pushing the total number up to nearly 162,000, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the previous high in the more than four-year-old war was about 161,000 troops in January 2005 when national elections were held for the first time.But Whitman, who put the current number of US troops at “nearly 162,000,” said the latest hike was not a move to further beef up the “surge” force that has been deployed to Iraq over the course of the year to halt a slide toward civil war.

“There is no change to the level effort and combat power that we are projecting into Iraq. The 20 combat brigade and the associated combat services and combat support that are required to sustain that level remains constant,” he said.

“What has changed today with the numbers spiking a little bit is due to just the normal flow of forces in and out,” he said.

The 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment from Vilseck, Germany and a combat aviation brigade are deploying into Iraq, while two combat aviation brigades are on their way out, the Pentagon said.

Whitman said a combat brigade plus support units are rotating into and out of Iraq in any given month.



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