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American Commanders Say That Keeping a Lower Profile in Baghdad Is Their Primary Goal

American commanders on Monday outlined their new plans for patrolling the streets of Baghdad and said their No. 1 goal was to be less conspicuous. The Army is closing down most of its bases in central Baghdad, withdrawing to the outskirts of the city, exchanging Humvees for tanks and using fewer soldiers, said Brig. Gen. Mark Hertling, the First Armored Division’s deputy commander. This comes as the First Armored prepares to hand authority for the Iraqi capital to the First Cavalry Division, part of a larger replenishing of occupation troops throughout the country. “We’re going to be less intrusive,” said Col. Mike Formica, of the First Calvary. “We won’t have 70-ton tanks running through neighborhoods, destroying infrastructure we’re trying so hard to rebuild.” Full Story

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