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Defense Department Announces Upcoming Iraq Deployments

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 31, 2007 – Defense Department officials today announced additional major units scheduled to deploy in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The announcement involves three brigade or regimental combat teams and a Marine expeditionary force headquarters, consisting of about 20,000 personnel.

Officials said these deployments are not associated with the current troop surge. “The units are part of a normal rotation of forces to replace formations currently on the ground,” according to a Defense Department announcement.

The deployment window for these units will begin at the end of this year and continue into 2008, officials said.

Affected units include the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters and Regimental Combat Teams 1 and 5, from Camp Pendleton, Calif., and 3rd Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

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