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Commander of Transport Unit Is Relieved of Duties

The commander of the Army reserve unit that declined to carry out a mission to deliver fuel in Iraq has been relieved of her duties, the American military in Iraq said today. In a statement, the military said the move came at the commander’s own request. But on Wednesday, Pentagon officials described it as a disciplinary action, and one Pentagon official said the commander was being relieved for poor leadership. The action against the commander was first reported by CBS News Wednesday evening. The action involved the head of the 343rd Quartermaster Company. Last week, officials have said, more than a dozen members of the company refused orders to drive fuel trucks from Tallil, in south-central Iraq, to Taji, about 15 miles north of Baghdad, in a zone where insurgent fire has been heavy. Full Story

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