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US sets deployments to maintain Iraq troop levels

The Pentagon on Friday announced a major rotation of U.S. forces to replace existing units in Iraq, to help maintain current force levels as the troops try to stem deadly sectarian violence. A year ago, U.S. commanders hoped to have substantially fewer soldiers in Iraq at this point, but they have opted to keep around 140,000 troops in the country due to what they have described as an unacceptably high level of violence. One U.S. Army division headquarters and five Army combat brigades — a total of some 20,000 troops — will begin deploying to Iraq in early 2007, the Pentagon said. Full Story

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